Bangalore, 22 March 2014 - Fitness enthusiast Milind Soman and Nisha Agrawal, CEO Oxfam India felicitated winners of the Oxfam India Trailwalker in Bangalore yesterday. The awards were given to the top 3 fund raising teams.
188 teams participating in the 100 km walk to raise Rs. 2.66 Crores to fight poverty and injustice which was organised on 24-26 Jan 2014; 183 teams completed the walk.
Oxfam Trailwalker is the flagship fund raising event conducted in 16 locations in 11 countries of the world and is considered the greatest team challenge requiring a four-member team to walk or run a 100km in 48 hours or less.
"Winning the Trailwalker challenge requires physical endurance, mental strength and an indomitable team spirit and this is a fine example of how we can all team up against poverty" said Milind Soman.
The Speed awards were given to five teams, winning team Every Mile Counts (GS), a mixed team with 3 males and a female walker/runner, completed the trail on 15:02:48 hours.
Ms. Nisha Agrawal, CEO, Oxfam India said, "The success of the Trailwalker is a reassuring signal that corporations are elevating their CSR initiatives thru employee engagement programs by combining fundraising with extreme physical activities to support our mission. The Trailwalker is an ideal platform for companies to anchor their CSR work. All participants in the Trailwalker are Oxfam brand ambassadors”.
Milind Soman said “I am a proud supporter of the Trailwalker because I see ordinary people push their physical limits for a larger purpose. This event benefits everyone involved – people are not only contributing to society from their busy lives, it`s also a great way for them to bond and get fit!”
I am really delighted to be part of the team, The Bond Girls Return, which is receiving an award for raising the second highest amount of funds. When I joined the team I was more terrified of the fund-raising than of the walking! But both turned out to be easier than I had expected: once I reached out to friends and family, so many of them supported us so generously and that was really gratifying", said Ammu Joseph, a board member and participant.
Funds raised from Trailwalker events across the world are utilised in projects which work towards fighting poverty and injustice. Globally, the events have raised more than $135 million for Oxfam’s work.
The Bengaluru Trailwalker award night was attended by Oxfam Trailwalker participants along with leaders from Goldman Sachs, Accenture, Thomson Reuters, Tesco, Weir Group, Infinite Computer Solutions and Cisco.