Bek and Steff's
China Challenge
2 - 14 Dec 06

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

World No Tobacco Day

31 May 2006 is World No Tobacco Day

Do yourself a favour - QUIT

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

This Bek person sure sounds crazy...

This Bek person sure sounds crazy...oh, actually I think Steff is referring to me!

Walking 100km in bushland north of Sydney (Trailwalker) and followed up by a 500km bike ride through southern China (China Challenge) does sound a bit nuts, but taking on challenges and having adventures where I also make a positive contribution is what makes these trips worthwhile. And Oxfam is a great organisation to support because they work locally with communities in trying to effect global change.

And let's not forget that for motivation to stay fit and healthy these adventures are heaps better than just trudging on the treadmill at the gym!!

So, any more takers for Trailwalker in August...?

Support Bek in Oxfam Trailwalker

Okay, so if you haven't decided whether or not Bek is slightly crazy, let me give you more proof...

Oxfam Trailwalker

Bek is planning to walk 100km in a 48 hour period over the weekend of the 25 - 27 August as part of the Oxfam Trailwalker in Sydney.

Support her team by making a donation. You can make a secure donation through the Oxfam website here.
- her team name is: Linebreakers
- team number: 146
- full name of walker:

The route will be through beautiful bushland near the area I grew up in, so I'm a little envious of the opportunity...may be next year I'll do it!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006


Steff & Bek

Steff (on left) and Bek are two lawyers who decided in 2005 that it was time to become more socially responsible, and a bit more active. So, they (with a third, Marty) participated in the Vietnam-Cambodia Oxfam Challenge and succeeded in raising $19,732.79 - and loved doing it. They also cycled 500km from Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam) to Siam Reap (Cambodia).

Because of the fun and achievement of last year, in 2006 Steff and Bek have decided to continue the fundraising for the fantastic charity that is Oxfam. So, they are cycling again - this time in China, from Hong Kong to Guilin and hoping to raise $12,000. As this is the "Reunion Challenge" open only to people who have already participated in a Challenge, they are told it will be more physically demanding.

Are they crazy? Possibly....

Bek eating spider

Steff the statue

Monday, May 15, 2006


The Oxfam Challenge raises money for Oxfam Australia (previously known as Oxfam Community Aid Abroad).

Oxfam Australia 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 rural Asia.

More information about Oxfam Australia is available here.

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