THE HEROES OF THE TRAIL
Did you know that each checkpoint throughout the trail is hosted by volunteers from a range of community groups?
Checkpoints and Aid Stations are a vital aspect of the event. They are where walkers are able to meet their support crew and recuperate for the next big leg of the trail. Volunteers work long hours, some all through the night, providing participants with warm hospitality of hot drinks, shelter and kind words of encouragement. The event simply would not operate without them and their dedication. Here is a closer look at the 2018 community groups…
WHAKATĀNE WEST ROTARY – Checkpoint 1
They are a friendly and passionate group of Whakatāne locals, who work tirelessly to support the wider community, which involves working closely with youth to realise their potential and protecting the environment, especially our native species! Check them out - http://rotary9930.org/page/clubs-whakatane-west !!
WHAKATĀNE KIWI TRUST – Checkpoint 2
This incredible group takes on the difficult yet vital task of protecting our native bird – the Kiwi. Whakatane has the luxury of having Kiwi territory right in their own background, making the work of the Kiwi Trust highly important to ensure they are always protected. Follow their Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/whakatanekiwi/ for updates on our beautiful kiwis.
TRIDENT HIGH SCHOOL - Checkpoint 3
The awesome Year 10 students of Trident High School took on Checkpoint 3 where they worked up until midnight on Saturday ensuring all participants were comfortable and ready for the long haul of the night walk. They are an impressive bunch of kids ready to help make a difference. They have been fundraising and are now off on an exciting learning opportunity to Great Barrier Island. https://www.trident.school.nz/
REWATU MARAE – AID STATION 1
The friendly faces behind Aid Station 1 were the people of Rewatu Marae, they got participants ready for the part of the trail that is often regarded as the toughest. They are highly valued not only by the Oxfam Trailwalker team but also the walkers. Their passion for integrating their culture into the event adds an immensely special aspect to the event as whole.
TANEATUA LIONS – Checkpoint 4
The Taneatua Lions are a dedicated crew of individuals who are passionate about making a difference in their community, making them the perfect checkpoint hosts. They are often credited for their warm welcoming and always going above and beyond for the walkers. To read up on them and their work, follow the link here - http://members.lionsclubs.org.nz/Clubs/202L/Default-Zone/Taneatua
LANDSAR – AID STATION 2
The team of volunteers at LandSAR (Land Search and Rescue) are a very talented and devoted group of individuals who help those injured and lost all over New Zealand. Their level of expertise is a massive addition to Trailwalker and the event would not run as smoothly without their contribution. To learn more about their work and how they got started, head to - https://www.landsar.org.nz/
EDGECUMBE LIONS – Checkpoint 5
The Checkpoint 5 hosts are the amazing Edgecumbe Lions, who work all through the night doing a great job keeping walkers warm and motivated to finish the trail. They have been operating in their community since 1964, driven by the opportunity to make a difference and better the lives of those around them. Find more information on the Edgecumbe Lions here - http://members.lionsclubs.org.nz/Clubs/202L/Default-Zone/Edgecumbe