Police take on the Oxfam challenge
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.
WALKING TALL: Regan Potts, left and Shane Allen are ready to tackle 100 kilometres.