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Walking for a great cause: Deloitte staff members Linh Nguyen, Belinda Reisenberger and Sam Donoghue and Tuohy Residential Care Manager Jayne Cummings during their trek.
Walking 100 kilometres is not for the faint of heart, but it was a challenge Touhy Aged Care Home Residential Care Manager Jayne Cummings was able to meet. She took part in the Oxfam Trailwalker, a 48-hour trek that takes place around the country and raised more than $2400.
The annual event raises fund for people living in poverty across the world, with Oxfam’s projects that provide clean water, education and disaster assistance. The event has raised more than $49 million since it was first run in 1999.
Jayne and the three other members from her team, who work for Deloitte, set off through the Perth Hills earlier this month and battled 38-degree heat to get through 50km on both days. She said the hot weather and difficult terrain were tough to overcome.
“Before the race we set time limits for each section of the track and towards the end that’s all that kept us going – that we had to be at the next section by a certain time,” she said. “I’ve never done anything like this before and it was really hard. A lot of teams dropped out because it just too much in the heat.”
Part of the trek involved a night walk and Jayne said that was her favourite part, as the weather was cooler and she couldn’t see the steep hills ahead of her. The group smashed their initial fundraising target of $1500.
The team at the start of the 100km trek.