PERTH'S Oxfam charity walk on October 18 and 19 attracted more participants than any other inaugural Trailwalker event around the world.
Trailwalker is a charity walk or run completed by teams of four in less than 48 hours and is held in 10 countries around the world.
Organised by the Oxfam branch in Bayswater, about 1000 walkers completed Trailwalker Perth Kalamunda to Chidlow and raised more than $1.3 million to help some of the world’s poorest people out of poverty.
The first participants to finish were three members of Team 456 Holiday Xperience in 10 hours and 49 minutes.
Perth ambassador and ARIA-nominated singer Mama Kin finished with her team Sole Mamas in 29 hours and 41 minutes, cheered across the finish line by her husband and fellow musician John Butler and their children.
‘It feels incredible, it is such an amazing team effort,’ she said.
‘We get to choose this 100km walk adversity and we’re raising funds for people who don’t get to choose their adversity, it’s really poignant. It’s been a really great thing to be involved in.’
Perth co-ordinator Carrie Fletcher said the response from WA had been overwhelming, with donations flooding in at a rate of more than $3000 an hour on the first day of the event.
‘Thousands of people in WA have given up their time to participate, volunteer and donate to help make this the most successful Oxfam Trailwalker launch in history,’ she said.
‘Not only have people exceeded our expectations with their generosity, but the walkers have shown extraordinary strength and determination.’