Event back­ground

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OxFAM Hong Kong is an in­de­pen­dent de­vel­op­ment and relief agency based in Hong Kong. Oxfam works with the poor re­gard­less of race, sex, re­li­gion or pol­i­tics in their strug­gle against poverty, dis­tress and suf­fer­ing.

They or­gan­ise ma­jor fundrais­ing en­durance events ev­ery Novem­ber on the Ma­cLe­hose Trail. Since 1986, more than 73,000 par­tic­i­pants have raised over HK$365 mil­lion (RM150mil) to sup­port Oxfam’s var­i­ous poverty al­le­vi­a­tion and emer­gency relief projects in Africa and Asia.

Each team of four com­peti­tors must com­plete a course of 100km within 48 hours. All teams must also raise a min­i­mum spon­sor­ship amount of HK$6,800 (RM2,830).

Teams are cho­sen through lot­tery af­ter pay­ment of HK$120 (RM50) per team for the bal­lot­ing fee. The chance of be­ing se­lected is about 25%. Af­ter se­lec­tion, the reg­is­tra­tion fee for each team is HK$1,200 (RM500).

Since Oxfam Trail­walker is a chal­leng­ing team event, par­tic­i­pants are strongly rec­om­mended to have ad­e­quate time for train­ing and team-build­ing be­fore the event. Chang­ing of team mem­bers is dis­cour­aged.

Par­tic­i­pants are ex­pected to have a rea­son­able level of fit­ness, good plan­ning and ad­e­quate train­ing in or­der to be able to com­plete the 100km trail.

Knowl­edge of first aid is rec­om­mended and good com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween mem­bers is es­sen­tial to avoid any dis­pute due to dif­fer­ences in ex­pec­ta­tions.

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