Bek and Steff's
China Challenge
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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

About the Oxfam Challenge

About the Challenge

Basically, the Oxfam Challenge is a charity bicycle ride to raise money for Oxfam Australia.

It has two elements to it:
  1. The participant must raise a minimum of $5,000; and
  2. They participate in a 500km bicycle ride from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Siam Reap in Cambodia, between 24 November 2005 and 6 December 2005.

So, the challenge is to fundraise while also getting fit enough to cycle up to 100km a day in Vietnam and Cambodia!
Approximately $2300 goes towards getting the participant to Vietnam/Cambodia.

The other half of the money raised (and more should they exceed their target) is donated directly to Oxfam to use in its projects and programs overseas. This is raised by sponsorship and/or donations.
During the course of the cycle, the Challengers have the opportunity to visit an Oxfam Australia community project in action and to see where, and who, their fundraising has helped.

On average, Oxfam Challenge trips, excluding trip costs, raise at least $60,000 - $70,000 per trip. The money raised is then used for projects such as building schools in rural communities.

More information about the Oxfam Challenge is available here.

About Oxfam Australia

Oxfam Australia (also known as Oxfam Community Aid Abroad) is an independent, not-for-profit, secular, community-based aid and development organisation. Oxfam's vision is of a fair world in which people control their own lives, their basic rights are achieved and the environment is sustained. Across 31 countries, Oxfam Australia works in partnership with local communities to overcome poverty and injustice.
Even a small donation can make a big difference. For example:

  • $10 can buy a bush knife for a young person in the Solomon Islands to use to build fences and chicken coops to start up a small-scale project to help them grow more food;
  • $20 can pay for five household gardens to be set up in Cambodia. The vegetable gardens help families to have a more diverse diet and decrease the chances of malnutrition;
  • $30 can buy a personal washing kit for a family in Sudan, including body soaps, clothes soaps, a jerry can, sleeping mats and wash basins;
  • $50 can pay for Mozambican women living with HIV to undertake specialised sewing skills training, enabling them to develop skills to negotiate for further contracts;
  • $100 can be used to start a vegetable garden to provide nutritious food for families in need in South Africa. The vegetable gardens ensure that families who do not have the financial means to buy groceries are able to feed their families; and
  • $6,000 can pay for the plans, materials and a contractor to build a three-roomed school in Cambodia.

More information about Oxfam Australia is available here.

About us

Steff, Marty and Bek are three lawyers who decided that 2005 was the year to become socially responsible, and a bit more active! So, we are getting saddle sore in preparation for the cycling, and running events to raise the necessary money.

As a team, we are aiming to raise a total of about $18,000 of which approximately $12,000 (enough to build 2, three class room schools) will go directly to Oxfam Australia.

Events we have run so far include:

  • The Wine Challenge - selling cases of wine
  • The Chocolate Challenge - selling chocolates, which is ongoing

Events coming up soon:

  • The Trivia Challenge - A trivia night in Melbourne on 16 July 2005, and in Canberra in August 2005.
  • Banquet Challenge - dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant
  • Wine Tasting - in Melbourne


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