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Oxfam Ireland's TRAILTREKKER Team Challenge Launched



Oxfam TRAILTREKKER is one of the world’s toughest team challenges and one of the most rewarding.  And now this international event has arrived in Ireland for the first time!

“Teams of four have to complete a challenge combining stamina and teamwork, as they endeavour to complete a 100km course within a time limit of 30 hours.  But it’s not just a physical challenge, it’s a life-changing event: participants are also raising money to help overcome poverty and injustice around the world”, said Grace O’Neill, Oxfam Ireland’s Community Events Manager.

Oxfam TRAILTREKKER is already a global phenomenon, with Ireland on course to be the ninth country to host an event.

The Irish TRAILTREKKER will take place from 26-27 September 2009, starting in Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor, Co Down and finishing in Carlingford, Co Louth.  Participants will journey through 100km of undulating, rugged countryside, trekking together in their teams by day and by night.

Grace O’Neill added: “Along with the physical and mental challenge, TRAILTREKKER offers an opportunity to take in the dramatic cross-border scenery of the world famous Mourne Mountains, the Ring of Gullion and Tain Way, as well as the points of special archaeological interest along the way.  Oxfam is delighted to have the event supported by both Newry & Mourne District Council and Louth County Council and hope that together we’ll recruit as many teams as possible!”

Full event details are now available at the website: www.oxfamireland.org/trailtrekker

Registration for the event is €200 / £200 per team and participants must also commit to raising a minimum of €2,000 / £2,000 sponsorship per team.  Oxfam Ireland is aiming to recruit 200 teams to take part in TRAILTREKKER 2009 and there will also be opportunities for those who don’t want to walk the 100km but would like to volunteer at the event. Everyone can have a part to play!

TRAILTREKKER is a chance to make new friends, to get out and to get fit. Step by step you can make change happen as the money you raise will fund Oxfam’s work all over the world and really make a real difference to people’s lives.  For example, €2,000 would provide nourishing food for one month for more than 70 children orphaned by AIDS in Malawi, improving their health and well-being. 

For more information on how you can get involved, please email trailtrekker@oxfamireland.org or call Oxfam on 01 6720406 (ROI) / 028 9089 5974 (NI).

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