Three-day international charity walk
“Oxfam Trailwalker Japan 2012”to start on 11 May 2012
An annual charity event “Oxfam Trailwalker Japan 2012” will start from Kanagawa Prefecture on 11 May 2012. The event is organised by an international non-governmental organisation, Oxfam Japan, based in Tokyo.
The particularity of Trailwalker is that participation is based on teams of four persons, and not individuals.The teams will walk within 48 hours the 100-kilometre course from Kanagawa Prefecture (Odawara) to Yamanashi Prefecture (Yamanakako) passing through Shizuoka Prefecture. In order to take part in this event, each team is mandated to raise at least 120,000 yen before the departure. The funds raised through the Trailwalker will be spent on poverty-alleviation activities of Oxfam.
The Trailwalker Japan will be held in a scenic and mountainous route in the Fuji-Hakone area. The teams will start in two groups from the Shiroyama Track and Field Stadium in Odawara City, Kanagawa Prefecture, at 9:00 am and at 9:30 am on 11 May 2012, and will finish at the Yamanakako Village, Yamanashi Prefecture, by the morning of 13 May. As of 7 May 2012, 600 persons of the ages between 80 and 20 from 28 countries/regions are expected to form 153 teams to take part in this year’s Trailwalker Japan. Registered participants will come from Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Malaysia, Malta, Morocco, New Zealand, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad & Tobago, the United Kingdom and the USA. There are also hundreds of volunteers ranging from young to older generations and of different areas and specialities who undertake various duties as support staff during the Trailwalker. Every year, the Trailwalker support staff enjoy opportunities to get to know each other by working together beyond the age and national borders.
Trailwalker started in Hong Kong in 1981, and was then put into practice in the United Kingdom, Australia and other countries as a charity event that gather a large number of participants. In 2012, Oxfam of twelve countries/regions will organise Trailwalker in sixteen courses. State Street Corporation, one of the world's leading providers of financial services to institutional investors, is the first global sponsor of Oxfam’s popular Oxfam Trailwalker and Oxfam Trailtrekker endurance events around the world. State Street sponsored its first Trailwalker event in Hong Kong in 1999 and is continuing to do so throughout the world. In Japan, State Street has been the sponsor since the first Trailwalker in 2007.
Media coverage is possible at the opening ceremony that will start in the Shiboyama Stadium in Odawara City at 8:30am on the morning of 11 May 2012, at eight check points on the Trailwalker route in Kanagawa, Shizuoka and Yamanashi Prefectures, and at the Finish at Lake Yamanaka, Yamanashi Prefecture. There are also teams available to speak to the media. For interviews, please contact Maki Yajima (email@example.com
) of Oxfam Japan for arrangement.
・2012-006 Blood, Sweat, and Beers: Each of four members is from a different country
・2012-050 Smile Dolphins: has the eldest participant: 80 years of age
・2012-067 Team MRmN by CDS : A group of four female mountain climbers
・2012-059 The Body Shop Body & Soul: Third time to participate in Trailwalker
・2012-024 Team Sports System Z: A member is participating from Okinawa
What is Oxfam?
Oxfam is an international confederation of seventeen organisations working together in 92 countries with partners and allies around the world to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice. It was originally created in the United Kingdom in 1942.
Oxfam works directly with communities, and seeks to influence the authorities and decision-makers to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them.