PERTH'S Oxfam charity walk on October 18-19 attracted more participants than any other inaugural Trailwalker event around the world.
About 1000 walkers completed Trailwalker Perth’s Kalamunda to Chidlow walk and raised more than $1.3 million for some of the world’s poorest people.
Trailwalker is a charity walk or run completed by teams of four in less than 48 hours held in 10 countries around the world.
The first participants to finish were three members of Team 456 Holiday Xperience in 10 hours and 49 minutes.
David Overend, of Team 456 Holiday Xperience, this year ran all four Australian events in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth in a collective time of 48 hours and 56 minutes.
‘I love Trailwalker events but doing four in a year was a once-off,’ he said.
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’re raising funds for people who don’t get to choose their adversity, it’s really poignant.’
Perth co-ordinator Carrie Fletcher said the response from West Australian residents 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.
The event was organised by the Oxfam branch in Bayswater.