Oxfam Trail Walker

On the weekend of 25-27 August, hundreds of Sydneysiders will tackle one of the greatest challenges of their lives – the Oxfam Trailwalker. This is a 100km walk from Parsley Bay in Brooklyn on the Hawkesbury River south through Berowra, then onto Bobbin Head where the 50km walk begins (for those who prefer a shorter challenge). All walkers then head south through Mona Vale, Frenchs Forest, Davidson Park, then through the Spit to Manly Walk, finishing up at Tania Park at Balgowlah Heights.

Why are people walking for 48 hours straight? To raise funds for Oxfam’s work around the world. Each walker is a member of a four-person team, and each team must commit to a minimum fundraising amount to contribute to the amazing work done by Oxfam, including working with local communities to help them create their own sustainable solutions – read more about the difference Oxfam makes here.

How is Canada Bay Club involved? Several inspiring members of our staff have come together to form two teams in Oxfam’s Trailwalker. The CBC Wanderers (100km) and the Canada Bay Club team (50km) will both make the trek on 25 August, raising money for those living in poverty all over the world.

Each team is raising funds through their own personal networks but the entire Canada Bay Club community is behind the teams as well – we’re doing all we can to help them reach their collective fundraising goal of $10,000. Here’s how.

  • For the month of July, all proceeds from the ticket sales of the Thursday night Directors’ Raffles will be halved and used to support both teams.
  • A gala fundraiser is being held at Canada Bay Club to support the team’s fundraising efforts. The theme of the evening is The Amazing Race.

What: The Amazing Race Fundraiser, including food and beverages, interactive games, raffle prizes and a live auction

When: 7pm, Friday 11 August

Where: Canada Bay Club’s Auditorium

Tickets: $45 per person or $400 per table – purchase at the club’s reception or over the phone by credit card, 02 9713 4322.


We asked a few of the Canada Bay Club representatives from the teams to tell us about their involvement.

Jacqueline Collins, Member Service Manager, Team Canada Bay Club (50km)

Q What inspired you to take part in the Oxfam Trailwalker? 

A I’ve seen many friends take part in the walk as well as Communities for Communities and Moorebank Sports Club. The camaraderie and sense of achievement among the teams was amazing. When I suggested Canada Bay Club get involved in the Trailwalker late last year, I hoped for one team to participate so having two teams is absolutely fantastic.

Q How have you been preparing for the event? 

A I’ve been walking sections of the actual walk as well as pounding the pavement and any off-road areas I can find close to home. I try to do a 10km walk each week. Soon, we hope to do an 18km night walk fully equipped with headlamps, walking poles and possibly wet weather gear.

Q What are you expecting to be a highlight of the walk?

A The finish line!

Q What do you think will be the most challenging part of the walk? 

A Most of the walk is through bushland with little signage and changeable elevations. The first 15.3km section for the 50km walk from Bobbin Head to St Ives looks particularly treacherous.


Andrew Trent, Duty Manager, CBC Wanderers Canada Bay Club (100km)

Q What inspired you to take part in the Oxfam Trailwalker?

A Never in my life have I completed such a challenge, so the opportunity to undertake the Oxfam Trailwalker and raise money for the foundation was motivation enough. I’ve roped in my wife to join the team so I’m sure it will forge life-long memories – hopefully more good than bad!

Q How have you been preparing for the event?

A The hardest part has been getting the entire team out for a walk, so each of us are enduring some training as we can! My idea was to train on the hardest sections of the walk to prepare the body for the worst, which has been great. I’ve walked the bulk of the first 50km of the trail in a variety of conditions, under both sun and moonlight. There’s no doubt the full 100km will test us out no matter how much preparation we do, so I’m hoping determination and adrenaline carry us to the finish line.

Q What are you expecting to be a highlight of the walk?

A The trail itself will be arduous but amazing. The Great North Walk has beautiful outlooks over the surrounding rivers and valleys – we often don’t realise we’re so close. Reaching the finish line in one piece as a team will be the focus of the event for me.

Q What do you think will be the most challenging part of the walk?

A No doubt keeping everyone’s spirits and energy up for the duration will be a big challenge. We aim to finish the 100km in around 30 hours so this will help us avoid walking through two nights in the freezing cold, which is not fun!


Paula Trent, Safe Operator, CBC Wanderers Canada Bay Club (100km)

Q What inspired you to take part in the Oxfam Trailwalker?

A My inspiration to take part was my beloved husband, who always believes in me and is always trying to push me to achieve higher goals. I am a runner, not a walker. So this time around I’m going to practice patience and strength to walk longer distances as many less fortunate people in the world do just to get water. Oxfam offers us the chance to help communities around the world by creating awareness and raising funds.

Q How have you been preparing for the event?

A Although it’s been hard to organise days where all the team members are off work, my husband and I have managed to do a walk per week and we have tackled the most difficult sections of the walk so we’re familiar with the terrain. It’s definitely not a walk in the park!

Q What are you expecting to be a highlight of the walk?

In my opinion, the more people we help with our efforts the more bearable every blister on our feet will be.

Q What do you think will be the most challenging part of the walk?

A Dealing with the different personalities of four tired humans!


Oxfam’s Melbourne and Brisbane Trail Walker events have already occurred; Sydney is next; then Perth is held in September. For more information or to donate to Canada Bay Club’s teams, head here:

The CBC Wanderers (100km)

The Canada Bay Club team (50km)

General information about Oxfam’s Trailwalker.

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