Dec 14, 2016

Oxfam Trailwalker - Walk for Equality, flagged off by actor Rahul Bose

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Oxfam Trailwalker, considered India’s ultimate team challenge for a cause, was flagged off by Oxfam India Ambassador, actor & fitness enthusiast Rahul Bose and Oxfam India CEO Nisha Agrawal on 9 December 2016. 

A total of 141 teams participated in this year’s Oxfam Trailwalker, Mumbai. Out of these, 97 teams and 39 teams completed 100km and 50km trail respectively. 

The 100km trail was flagged off from Garudmachi and passed through Sahyadri range, a UNESCO world heritage site, Mulshi lake and ended at Lonavala. 

“Oxfam Trailwalker is not just any endurance challenge. It is an opportunity for people to raise awareness about a cause close to their heart, to walk against inequality and to support humanity. It brings individuals together and takes them through a journey which echoes the hardships of many fighting inequality and poverty the world over. Each year I go back motivated and inspired that there are so many willing to stand for the marginalized. It brings a great sense of achievement,” said Oxfam Global Ambassador and actor Rahul Bose.   

The winning team ‘Just4Kicks’ from Mumbai completed 100km in 23 hours and 52 minutes. 

“We enjoy participating in Oxfam Trailwalker. In 2014, we had completed the Mumbai trail in 36 hours and this year it was our target to complete it in less than 24 hours,” said 38-year-old Just4Kicks team member Sonali Bhatia.

Last year, Trailwalker raised Rs 4.5 crores and helped Oxfam India in its fight against extreme poverty and inequality. The amount was used for projects in the six poorest states of India (Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh) on education, health, humanitarian responses and gender equality. 

“It is frightening that 54 per cent women and 51 per cent men think it is normal for women to be beaten up by their spouses for various reasons. Government data shows women are abused for insignificant issues like not serving hot food or arguing with the husband or even for going out without telling the spouse. Oxfam India has initiated the ‘Bano Nayi Soch’ campaign to break this social acceptance for violence against women,” said Oxfam India CEO Nisha Agrawal.   

“Gender equality is a human right but it is alarming that people in India, including men and women, consider domestic violence to be acceptable. Lack of conversation about gender stereotypes and norms is one of the reasons that despite laws the violence continues.  It is refreshing to know that Oxfam through its campaign ‘Bano Nayi Soch’ has started this essential dialogue in six states about changing deeply entrenched misogynistic social norms,” said Rahul Bose. 

Several participants from companies like Edelweiss, Diago Lab, Century Ply, Warren Tea, Accenture, HSBC, CLSA, IOT Engineering, Aditya Birla Health Insurance, Hindustan Petroleum walked the trailwalker. Corporate teams from UPS, Damco, IVF, Salesforce, Polycab, ANZ Bank, Cerebrus, Anglo Eastern and GOQii participated in the event. 

Oxfam India partnered with volunteers from ITM College, Accenture, UPS, Symbiosis College of Nursing, Lokmanya Hospital, Rangoonwala and Singhad Institute of Physiotherapy to provide support during the ultimate fitness and endurance challenge. Our partners TruWeight, Wild Vitamin Drink, 20th March Venture Partners and Rite Bite ensured continuous supply of proteins, carbs and nutrients to the Trailwalker participants.  

Oxfam Trailwalker is a leading fundraising event which takes place in Mumbai and Bengaluru. It is a zero waste sustainable event and does not harm the environment. Trailwalker has successfully developed into an international top-notch fundraiser, challenging walkers in 16 cities in 11 countries including Australia, Belgium, England, France, India, Japan, New Zealand, Spain and Hong Kong.

  

For media queries please contact Himanshi Matta, himanshi@oxfamindia.org, 8860182310.