Oxfam Trailwalker latest news

The latest news from Oxfam Trailwalker.

Posted on 3 Mar 2015 - 4:45pm

We’ve had so many amazing entries to our Team Logo competition this year! It’s been so hard to pick a winner that we’ve decided to let our Facebook fans choose from the final three – A Buff and Beyond; A Fox, Two Chooks and a Samoan; Starship Troopers.

Head over to our Facebook page and comment on the logo you think should win. The logo with the most comments by Friday 6 March will win customised Icebreaker t-shirts with their logo printed on them!             


Posted on 23 Feb 2015 - 11:11am

Photo credit: heythatsme.co.nz

Be one of the first 100 teams to upgrade your fundraising target by $500* and get the option to pick your start time – 6am or 7am. Upgrading your fundraising commitment is easy; email us at info@oxfamtrailwalker.org.nz with your team name, new fundraising target and your preferred start time by March 4.

* If you’ve already indicated a fundraising commitment of $5000 or more, your team is automatically eligible to choose a preferred start time. Email us your preference to the same address by March 4.

Posted on 22 Feb 2015 - 12:09pm

The team of the week is the Harley Hedgehogs! They’ve kept their team page regularly updated, and have a great Facebook page with awesome photos of their training. This year, they are participating in Oxfam Trailwalker again for a special reason, have a read of their team page to find out why

Posted on 15 Feb 2015 - 12:08pm

Team of the Week goes to... JACK of two trades! They've really kicked up their fundraising in the new year and have already raised a cool $8000, with over $2000 coming from a fundraising quiz they hosted. And they're not stopping there, having increased their target to $10,000. Check out their team page!

Posted on 11 Feb 2015 - 11:06am

This year is the 10th Anniversary of Oxfam Trailwalker, and one of our teams is celebrating right alongside us. The incredible City Girls have participated in every Oxfam Trailwalker, and have raised over $30,000! Check out their feature in the Women’s Weekly below, and support them on their team page.

Posted on 27 Jan 2015 - 4:44pm

Selling chocolate is a no brainer for fundraising. Who doesn’t like the sweet stuff? Now Trade Aid has gone even further to help you reach your fundraising goal.  You can now purchase Trade Aid gift boxes at a great price to sell for a profit to friends, family and workmates.  Does your work need to send some corporate gifts? Or, perhaps you need a cool prize for a pub quiz or raffle.  Order yours today!

Print the order form and order your Trade Aid gift boxes today!

Posted on 6 Jan 2015 - 3:01pm

Congratulations to T.H.E H.O.P.E Walkers who took out our December fundraising competition and raised the most money in the two weeks before Christmas, winning a deluxe Trade Aid hamper! We’ve got something even bigger for January…

The old adage ‘you’ve got to be in it to win it’ has never rung more true as we move into serious but exciting fundraising territory for the month of January. Oxfam Trailwalker fundraising has been increasing steadily and we need your help to lift fundraising to that next level as we push over our first $100,000.

To add a bit of motivation, we’re running the easiest Oxfam Trailwalker competition we’ve ever had, with the winning team taking home

A two-night stay in a one-bedroom apartment and three Hilton Guest Rooms for your team and support crew. Thanks The Hilton Lake Taupo!

How it works?

From January 7 -  20, for every $50 donation you get on your team, you’ll be in the draw to win this luxurious prize! And even better news, should someone donate $100, $150 or even $250 in one sum, we’ll award you with the appropriate number of entries, i.e 2, 3 and 5 in the above instances.

How to get started?

1) Check to see how close you are to your fundraising target. If you are within $250, it’s time to raise it to encourage more donors to support you.  Donations tend to stop or the amounts become smaller once you get close to reaching your target. 

2) Make a list of all your friends, family and colleagues who you have yet to make contact with.

3) Touch base via email or through a phone call to make ‘the ask’ of $50. It’s moments like this when it’s important to let your donors know of the real and tangible difference $50 can make in the lives of those living in poverty (see an example below).

4) Send out a tailored email for this competition like the one below or organise for it appear in your corporate/community news.

Dear ...

I’m contacting you today because I need your help!

I may not have told you yet, but in a little under three months I’m taking on a once in a lifetime challenge with three people as part of Team (insert name here). We’re walking 100km in 36 hours to raise vital funds to support Oxfam New Zealand as they work in the Pacific to reduce poverty and injustice.

It’s very likely that we’ll walk through the night (with little or no sleep) until the end and to help us get across the finish line, we’ve been training really hard for a number of months.  

We also need a spot to stay in Taupo and The Hilton Lake Taupo are giving us an awesome chance to win!  Entries into the competition are unlimited, all it takes is for a supporter to donate $50 to our team and we get an entry into the competition. Every $50 donated equates to one entry, so if you donate $100 we get two! Don’t forget the money is going to a make a huge difference in the lives of so many people in the Pacific and make walking each km worth it for our team.

This is where you come in! Make a tax deductible donation to our team page (insert link here) and we’re in the draw.

Thanks for all the support, you’re helping us challenge ourselves and challenge poverty.

What difference can $50 make?



1) Donations must be received from 12am January 7 through to 12pm January 20.

2) Donations must be by a person as opposed to an event fundraiser.

If you have any questions about this fundraising competition, please don’t hesitate to email or call our office on 0800 600 700.

Posted on 21 Dec 2014 - 12:04pm

Team of the week goes out to Miramafia - not only are they currently 3rd place on the fundraising leaderboard, they've set themselves a $10,000 target! What a way to challenge yourselves and challenge poverty. $10k for the 10th anniversary - go team!

Posted on 10 Dec 2014 - 2:43pm

The team that raises the most money between December 10 and December 24, 2014, will be having a very Merry Christmas indeed! For the next two weeks, take on the challenge of a fundraising frenzy, raise the most money in this two week period and win a massive Trade Aid hamper packed full of goodies!

If you need tips and tricks on how to fundraise, look no further than our ‘how to’ guide.  Take advantage of selling Trade Aid chocolates before Christmas in your workplace, schools or clubs – Trade Aid very kindly supply the choccies at at a super special price which is below wholesale so you can keep the profits when you sell them.  Fill in the form now or give them a call.

Plus we’re also working with Trade Aid so your team can fundraise with fantastic Trade Aid gift hampers. More details to come soon so in the meantime, win one for your team first!

Good luck and we look forward to announcing our winner!

Posted on 23 Nov 2014 - 12:03pm

Our first team over $5000 already! The Blister Pack has done it all - quiz nights, selling xmas cards, jam sales, a massive wine sale, lots of sponsors and spreading the news of their team page. What a team! One member is even getting some training in at the Rolling Stones!

Congrats The Blister Pack - you're our team of the week!