2017 Oxfam Trailwalker
‘100kms is tough…but the Figurehead crew is tougher!’
We are enormously proud of our two teams of gladiators who recently took on and conquered this year’s Oxfam Trailwalker 100km event, fundraising an incredible combined $32,946 (more than any other entrants in the state)!
The gruelling 2-day trail started in Wheelers Hill and wound through the Dandenong Ranges and Yarra Valley, finally ending up in Wesburn Park. Despite their commitment to a training and conditioning program that included pre-dawn PT sessions, nutrition management and physiotherapy, all eight of our team members were pushed to the limits of their physical and mental endurance during the 100km walk. Setting out at 6:30am, the group persevered through almost 29 hours of excruciating blisters, cramps, exhaustion (not to mention the walking-stick-down-the-port-a-loo disaster) to cross the finish line at 11:20am the following day, bloodied but unbowed.
Both teams were supported throughout the lead-up and during the event by an amazing team of professionals, family, partners and friends, and special thanks must go to personal trainer Armstrong Glazenby, South Melbourne Physio and Diet Solutions for their generous provision of training, physio and nutritional support, massage and the bandaging of blisters!
While most of the funds raised came from generous pledges from Figurehead colleagues, family and friends we also collected thousands of dollars through fundraising events including a subbie appreciation night and raffle that raised over $5000, an inter-office table tennis tournament, a gold coin donation barbeque, sales of chocolates and baked goods around the office and the rallying of support from clients, contacts and associates. All funds raised go to support Oxfam’s important work tackling poverty and disease in developing nations.
A huge congratulations to all eight of the crew for taking on such an ambitious and impressive feat in the name of a very worthwhile cause. Hopefully they’ll have recovered in time for next year’s walk…;)