Po­lice take on the Oxfam chal­lenge

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By PET­RICE TARRANT

There must be a good rea­son to coax some­one into trekking 100 kilo­me­tres non-stop.

Oxfam has pro­vided Shane Allen, Matthew Storn and Re­gan Potts with the per­fect in­spi­ra­tion. The three po­lice of­fi­cers are tak­ing part in the Oxfam Trail­walker New Zealand, part of an in­ter­na­tional se­ries that hosts 17 events in 11 coun­tries.

Over the years, the event has raised more than $150 mil­lion in­ter­na­tion­ally for Oxfam’s life­sav­ing work.

Mr Potts’ team, the Awe­some Force-ome, is on the look­out for a fi­nal team mem­ber.

Each four-mem­ber team has 36 hours to com­plete the chal­lenge. Mr Potts said they were aim­ing to cut that time in half.

Set up in 1981 as a mil­i­tary ex­er­cise to test team­work, en­durance and de­ter­mi­na­tion, Oxfam Trail­walker will be the ul­ti­mate phys­i­cal and men­tal chal­lenge for the of­fi­cers.

‘‘ I’ve done half marathons be­fore but this will be way out of my com­fort zone,’’ Mr Potts said.

And the fundrais­ing has been half the chal­lenge. Teams must com­mit to raise at least $2000 but Mr Potts said they have raised less than $150 to date. ‘‘We will get there though,’’ he said. The team is ask­ing peo­ple in­ter­ested to join their squad.

He said the one who brought the best fundrais­ing ideas would be snapped up.

South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil team in the ex­er­cise had raised $450 by Jan­uary 22.

Photo: PET­RICE TARRANT

WALK­ING TALL: Re­gan Potts, left and Shane Allen are ready to tackle 100 kilo­me­tres.

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