So, the project I've been working on with Oxfam happened last week. It's called Trailtrekker, and it is an event where teams of 2-4 people walk either 50 or 100 kilometers and pledge to raise funds for Oxfam.
It's a great event, and one that I had loads of fun working on, particularly as it combined my love of hiking with my desire to work for an NGO.
Anyway, it happened last weekend, and of course I was there working with the events team. Between 8am on Friday and 1am on Monday I slept for a total of 8 1/2 hours. Which is very unlike me - I'm usually more of a 10 hour a night girl. While there was lots of setting up, once that was done we spent a lot of time waiting for teams to come through the finish line. Which meant hours of quiet with 10 or so minutes of excitement every now and again. Still, I enjoyed it, and could hardly complain about being tired when people had been up for as many hours as I had and also walked 100km. The motivation and determination of the participants was truly impressive to behold.
Waterpoint 1 (we had 10 re-fuelling checkpoints)
The view from Checkpoint 3:
Some of my friends helping with the volunteering:
The view from the finish:
And in the other direction, with the winning 50km team approaching:
Our paparazzi squad at the podium:
Someone never wanted to see their shoes again after the walk:
And someone else knew exactly what the walkers would want when they crossed the line:
A 100km team crossing the line:
The events team celebrating the end of the event on the podium:
And the begining of the proper celebrations: