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Brisbane | Oxfam Trailwalker 2017

Oxfam believe all lives are equal and no-one should live in poverty, they have been tackling poverty and empowering communities to build better lives for themselves for more than 60 years. Oxfam believes that in a wealthy world, poverty is unjustifiable and preventable, so to this end, they work in 85 countries helping 22 million people, whilst empowering communities to lift themselves out of poverty.

Oxfam Trailwalker is a challenging event that changes lives, including yours. Oxfam Trailwalker Brisbane, 16-18 June 2017, sees teams walking 100km.

Newmans Accountants have stepped up to the challenge of participating to raise donations for Oxfam charity by committing to walk 100kms in 40 hours. Their team “Incontinentals” is headed up by the firms Principal, Chris Newman (Newy), followed by Senior Accountant, Rod Dixon (Big Rod), and two very supportive clients of the firm, Kara (Godzilla) Gardner and Kevin Falkner (Kevo the Sicko).

Newy and Big Rod hit the trails in late February 2017 to begin their training. The two set off from Mount Glorious to Checkpoint 1 which winds its way through the picturesque D’Aguilar National Park. In Summer’s heat and after 10kms of making their way down the Mountain they faced an ascent where they were required to climbed 400 metres over 1km. This part of the trail was cruel, difficult to keep your footing and seemed at the time, as a never ending climbed. It took the two of them an hour to conquer this hill for their first time.

Kara was the next to begin her training, and part of her initiation was to also conquer section one. With an air of grace and a steely determined attitude, she made light work of the task at hand knocking the hill over in 45 minutes.  Mother of four Kara, works full-time as a local real estate agent and has dedicated her Sunday’s towards training.

And then there is Kevo the Sicko who was the last member of the team to get into the training spirit. It was after a telephone call to raise his awareness of the gravity of the task ahead and to explain walking 100kms in 40 hours would require some serious training to which he responded, “we are going to sleep at night during the walk, right?”

Now with all the team on board, they have been training hard and have walked 100s of kilometres which included walking full days and even a walk all night over the past 4 months in preparation to take on the Brisbane | Oxfam Trailwalker 2017 to raise awareness and donations towards ending poverty.

We have received some generous donations to date but need your help in reaching the target of $7,000 which we have pledged.

Please support Incontinentals by making a tax deductible donation at the following link.

https://trailwalker.oxfam.org.au/my/team/28282

You can also show your support during the event, by tracking the progress of the team by following the same link.

Oxfam Australia (ABN: 18 055 208 636) is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient. Donations of $2 or more to Oxfam are tax deductible in Australia. Oxfam Australia is a member of the Oxfam International confederation.

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