Celebrating women on International Women’s Day.
This week were celebrating women on the Oxfam Trailwalker as today marks International Women’s Day (8th March, 2019).
One you may have recognised is Oxfam Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke. Along with her team, Sole Mates, Helen had promised to take on the challenge in 2014 while being considered for the role of chief executive, and not too long after she took up the position she had pulled on her walking boots, was out training along the trail and fundraising with her team.
At the start line on a frosty Friday morning, Helen was waiting with her team, a look of fierce determination on her face. “No, these are nerves,” she grinned. “But it will all be worth it once we cross that finish line and know what we’ve achieved in the name of ending poverty.”
After 30 hours and 11 minutes, Helen along with her step daughter Steph Rodwell, her husband Glenn Rodwell, and friend Lara Orford crossed the finish line with their arms held high and massive smiles across their faces.
Helen said the walk had given her a new appreciation of the lengths Oxfam supporters were willing to go to help fund Oxfam’s work – “It’s an endurance event and so it really requires a different level of guts and determination,”
“One of the most important things was team work,” she said. “It’s not a competition, so it’s about team work and getting each other across the line.”
Is it time you got a team together to conquer Oxfam Trailwalker? Today we’re offering 14% off team registration. The 14% is in light of the current Australian national gender pay gap (14.1% 2018.) and aligns with this year’s theme of International Women’s Day; #balanceforbetter. Register your spot today and score up to $100 off!