Firefighters walk 100km through the Bay of Plenty

Want to help Oxfam raise a million dollars and change the lives of children?

Just grab three mates, and sign up to the Oxfam Trailwalker.  You can choose to tackle either 100km in 36 hours or 50km in 18 hours through beautiful Whakatāne, and help raise $1 million to change lives.

A group of volunteer firefighters from Whakatāne have challenged themselves to take on the big one and walk 100 km on March 10-11th.

Rebecca Dakin, Liisa Jones, Dianne Bulled and Andy Ross met whilst volunteering for Whakatāne Rural Fire and New Zealand Emergency and Rescue Unit 17.

Whakatane Firefighters
From left: Rebecca Dakin, Dianne Bulled, Liisa Jones and Andy Ross

“It’s our community, and it’s our home, and we want to help. You feel like you’re making a difference if you can get out there and do something,” says team member Rebecca Dakin.

“I’ve done quite a few half marathons but am just looking for a little bit of a challenge. I volunteered last year at the Oxfam Trailwalker, saw the teams and thought ‘Wow, that’s something I really want to do. And Oxfam is such a good cause,” she adds.

All RescueUs members have an impressive background in community involvement, and share a love of the outdoors. Team leader, Dianne, is a teachers’ aid and is involved in Whakatāne Athletics & Harrier Club and the Toi’s Challenge. Rebecca works for the Whakatāne District Council while volunteering for the SPCA, and Liisa, an SPCA inspector for the district, responded to the Edgecumbe floods. The only man of the team, Andy, a manager at Whakatāne Great Outdoors and a former mountain guide, is an adventure and challenge lover.

And a love for challenge can go a long way when taking part in Oxfam Trailwalker: this annual event consists in a 50-kilometre course to complete in under 18 hours or a 100-kilometre course to complete in under 36 hours, through beautiful Whakatāne, while raising funds for Oxfam New Zealand’s work in developing countries in the Pacific. The event is one of the charity’s biggest fundraisers, with 176 teams participating this year.

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