New Oxfam Trailwalker course celebrates Edgecumbe

Edgecumbe is to host the start line for Oxfam Trailwalker 2019 — part of the annual course ‘refresh’ process for the 100-kilometre event, which was first held in Whakatane in 2016.

To be held on 23rd-24th of March, Oxfam Trailwalker attracts teams from around New Zealand, plus some international teams, to take part in the 100-kilometre or 50 kilometre walk events and raise funds to support Oxfam New Zealand’s work to fight poverty in the Pacific.

Oxfam New Zealand Events Operations Coordinator Kara Reid said that while it was timely to refresh the course, there was also a significant link between what Edgecumbe had been through and the work of Oxfam New Zealand.

“The flooding of Edgecumbe in April 2017 damaged houses, livelihoods and community spirit. Oxfam New Zealand works in the Pacific and South East Asia, supporting people who have been affected by similar natural disasters, such as floods, tsunamis, or cyclones.

“Starting the event in Edgecumbe in 2019 is the perfect way for both Oxfam New Zealand and Edgecumbe to support each other in heightening awareness of the effects of climate change, and raising vital funds for communities in the Pacific and South East Asia which, like Edgecumbe, rely on support from those who can help in times of need.”

Sam Gardner