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Is there an individual category in Oxfam Trailwalker?
No, Oxfam Trailwalker is a team event. Participants must form teams of four to complete the 100km MacLehose Trail in 48 hours. It is hoped that participants, by helping each other throughout the event, better understand our need to take care of and depend on each other. There is a striking parallel between the situation of participants and the struggle of those for whom they are raising much-needed funds. You will see the need for the strong to take care of the weak, knowing that, at different times, you will be either a stronger or a weaker member of the group. We hope that you experience the truth of the saying, 'The whole is much better than the sum of its parts'.
Does Oxfam Trailwalker have an age limit?
Yes, participants in Oxfam Trailwalker must be aged 18 or above. According to our records, the eldest participant was aged 70.
Can the event move to Saturday, Sunday and Monday, so that some teams who can finish in 20 hours do not need to apply for leave on Friday?
It is a good idea, but considering the inconvenience caused to the public, it is better that we maintain the status quo. Our starting point is at Pak Tam Chung, Sai Kung which is a very popular place for family outings. If we move the event to Saturday, it will aggravate the traffic congestion and parking problems, and it will not be easy for us to enlist the police's support to close the road four times for our starts.
Can the application fee be refunded to teams who cannot be allocated a team place through the selection lottery?
No, the application fee is non-refundable once we confirm your application. The fee is used to cover part of the administration costs of the event, including the cost of processing the application, which we will incur irrespective of whether your application is successful or not.
What should we wear?
Non-chafing training clothes. Make sure they are light and comfortable. Be prepared for the cold, particularly at night.
Are trainers or hiking boots better for this event?
It is up to you. Experienced participants are divided on this point, so the best thing to do is get training on the trail and find out what is best for you. Some also prefer to have spare shoes so they can switch back and forth during the event, perhaps wearing boots on the rougher sections of the trail and trainers on the road sections. Bear in mind: Don't wear brand new trainers/hiking shoes for the event.
Do we sleep during the event?
Some teams do and some do not. You design your own strategy on this matter - for example, some teams carry sour candies to eat on the way
What should we wear?
Non-chafing training clothes. Make sure they are light and comfortable. Be prepared for the cold, particularly at night.
What facilities are at the CPs?
All CPs have drinking water, a first aid station and toilets. Bread and hot drinks are provided at some CPs. There will be physiotherapists and Tui-Na service in CP4, physiotherapist and podiatrists in CP8, and Tui-Na service in Finish Point. Oxfam Trailwalker souvenirs and T-shirts will be available at the Start and Finish while stock lasts. (to view more about CP facilites)
Does my team have to stick together over the entire length of the trail?
All teams must arrive together at each CP and complete the registration procedure on or before the CP closing time in order to proceed.
Must I have a support team?
It is strongly recommended to do so. You should travel as lightly as possible along the trail, having your support team meet you with food, a change of clothes, night gear, new torch batteries, etc. It is unreasonable to expect to carry all that you need. The support team can also provide significant psychological support! (to view more about support teams)
Does my team have to stick together over the entire length of the trail?
All teams must arrive together at each CP and complete the registration procedure on or before the CP closing time in order to proceed.
Must we meet the minimum fundraising pledge?
Yes, this year each team must raise a minimum of HK$7,200 in sponsorship, except Pledge Teams, which must raise at least HK$70,000. Failure to do so could restrict entry to future events. Teams raising HK$32,000 or above from Oxfam Trailwalker 2016 will have priority in registering for Oxfam Trailwalker 2017. Participants should send in the sponsorship forms and the original deposit slips to Oxfam by 20 Dec, 2016.
How does my donation help?
Thank you for supporting Oxfam Hong Kong. Since the operating costs of the event can be covered by the income from the application fees and registration fees, as well as the generous donations from State Street Corporation and other sponsors, all funds raised will go to Oxfam and helping poor people get out of poverty. Since 1986, Oxfam Trailwalker has raised more than HK$470 million to help disadvantaged people in Hong Kong and to support development projects and emergency relief programmes in Asia and Africa. However, there are still millions of people living in poverty, and they really need your support.