Trail trek to tap into cash

WHEN south-west residents meander along the Merri River on Sunday they will be raising money for Cambodian families with no taps or toilets and who are exposed to unsafe water and preventable disease.

The Oxfam Australia Warrnambool group walks annually to raise money for water projects around the world and a loyal band of supporters raise about $4000 each year.

Publicity officer Fay Armstrong said it was fitting that each year they completed waterside walks, because they were raising money to help provide clean water for those overseas.

A new route along the Warrnambool to Port Fairy Rail Trail was chosen for this year’s event following other successful walks along the Merri River in Woodford and Warrnambool west.

She said this year’s walk would be a chance for those who hadn’t yet walked along the trail to enjoy the landscaped gardens and tranquil environment. 

Walkers gain sponsorship and donations to raise money for Oxfam.

Mrs Armstrong said money raised on the day would go towards tangible items and support programs. In Cambodia $110 could provide a household toilet, $240 could supply three families with a clean water and hygiene kit or $600 could provide a rainwater harvesting system for a household. 

Mrs Armstrong said people participated each year because they enjoyed the walk as well as the social side of the event. She said this year’s course was a good all-weather trail.

Anyone is welcome and walkers will meet at the start of the rail trail, Harris Street, South Warrnambool at 1.30pm. 

The group will walk west along the rail trail for an hour followed by afternoon tea.

There is no cost to participate but donations are welcome. For more information contact Julie on 5565 1574 or Lynne on 5561 3524.

mmcneil@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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