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Feel like doing something unique and rewarding instead of your ordinary weekend? Come and play a massive role in Oxfam's attempt to challenge poverty!

Oxfam Australia is hosting its huge fundraising event, Oxfam Trailwalker, right here in Brisbane from the 17th to 19th June 2016 and is looking for some keen volunteers to assist during the event weekend!

What will you be doing?

The walkers will be completing a total of 100km from beautiful Lake Manchester to Mount Coot-tha and 500 to 600 volunteers are needed to help them along the way!

Image appears courtesy of Timothy Herbert

The Oxfam Trailwalker volunteers play an important role in the running of the event. Volunteering is a fantastic way to meet people, bond with colleagues and friends, share in the excitement of Oxfam's biggest fundraising event and, most importantly, make a difference.

A wide variety of roles are available in the Checkpoint Areas and Allied Health Marquees (for all the ouches), and trail guidance in key locations (great role for the nature freaks or anyone seeking some peace and quiet outside the city!). Shifts will be running all day/night starting on Friday morning and running through to early on Sunday morning.

  • Work at a checkpoint

    Checkpoints are a hub of activity, a haven of food and nutrition, and a place for weary Trailwalkers to rest. With so much going on at each checkpoint, there are literally hundreds of exciting positions to fill.

    Checkpoint Coordinator: The chief of the checkpoint is in charge of operations and staff and ensures the checkpoint runs safely and efficiently.

    Assistant Checkpoint Coordinator: Support the Checkpoint Coordinator in running a smooth checkpoint and keeping everyone happy.

    Checkpoint Operations Support: A jack of all trades, assisting at the checkpoint in a variety of different areas such as coordinating food and beverages, marshalling the walkers to the check-in desk, and ensuring the checkpoint remains as 'green'.

    Check In Operator: The happy face all participants see when entering and exiting a checkpoint. Help ensure that everyone is safe and accounted for, and act as the information outpost for everyone along the way.

    Parking Team: The Parking Coordinator and Parking Marshals will work together to greet support crews, provide essential information and manage the perfect car park.

  • Work on the trail

    Keen to hit the trail, but not up for the full 100km? There are plenty of great roles for volunteers that will get you out on the trail without the blisters!

    Roles available:

    Trail Marker: Walk the trail before everyone else and place trail markings according to the maps. Your help will ensure that the walkers know where they're going.

    Trail Marshal: Help the participants pass safely along the trail, and also be their motivation and support when they really need it.

    Sweep Team: The all-important back-up crew follow the last team on the trail and ensure they safely reach the next checkpoint. Clear the trail of all trail markings and debris as you go.

  • Medical support

    Tight hammies, sore backs, blisters and swollen ankles await the medical support volunteers. These hugely rewarding roles provide an essential service for the wellbeing of the hardworking walkers, and they're also a fantastic practical experience for qualified MYO/ Massage practitioners, physiotherapists, podiatrists, as well as students of all those fields who are in 3rd and 4th year of studies. Many of the walkers say that they could not have finished without this fantastic support!

    Roles available:MYO/Massage: Relieve tension and muscle soreness while gaining some great practical experience.

    Physiotherapy: Enjoy the hands-on experience as you strap and look after participants.

    Podiatrist 100km makes for tired feet...podiatrists make for happy Trailwalkers! (Also responsible for coordinating and supervising podiatry students.)

    Podiatry Student: Assist with treatments to aching feet.

  • Transport & Logistics

    If you prefer to be on the move, behind the scenes or at the wheel, then working on the transport and logistics team is the thing for you!

    Roles available:

    Event Logistics Support: Volunteers might find themselves driving minibuses, or supporting the Oxfam Trailwalker logistics team with supplies and deliveries.

    Leaflet Dropper: You'll be dropping leaflets in the weeks prior to the event to get the word out to residents along sections of the trail.

    IT Support: Use your know-how to keep the event connected and help with any IT-related jobs.

    Please note: (All drivers must be over 25 years and hold a full licence)

    Image appears courtesy of Tony McDonough


    Oxfam Trailwalker Brisbane volunteer registrations are now open!

    There are four easy steps to get involved:

    1. Before signing up to volunteer make sure you read up on the various volunteer roles and the One the Day information. In particular check out the transport information to ensure that you will be able to get to the shift/s you sign up to.

    2. Fill out the online volunteer registration form.

    3. The Oxfam Trailwalker staff will contact you to confirm your registration details and offer you one or more shifts.

    4. Get your information - your handbook, confirmation report and position description will be emailed to you, as well as relevant training information.

    For more information on Oxfam Trailwalker Brisbane 2016 event and to see how you can participate, head to the official website.

    If you would like to discuss this opportunity or have any questions, please email trailwalkerbrisbane@oxfam.org.au or call 03 9289 9415.

    For all the latest news, please visit the official Oxfam Trailwalker Australia Facebook and Twitter.

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    When: 17 - 19 June 2016
    Where: Lake Manchester to Mount Coot-tha
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