25 years ago the Oxfam St Albans Group organised a sponsored walk – hoping that it could become an annual event.
Fast forward to 2019 and here we are – celebrating our ‘silver’ anniversary!
The Oxfam Walk for Water 2019
Register to Walk for Water here (no enrolment fee!)
Our volunteers, supporters and walkers may have come and gone over those years and the world may have changed (no internet or WhatsApp in 1994!) but our aims remain the same:
- To raise funds for, and awareness of, Oxfam’s vital work in some of the poorest countries across the world
- To encourage and enable people from all walks of life to get out and enjoy the beautiful Herts countryside – see the route maps
- To make the Walk better each year AND…
- Make it fun for everyone from 1 to 101 years old! (Did you know our oldest walker did the mini hike aged 104?)
Come and help us celebrate our achievements by walking with us on Saturday 21st September.
Are you celebrating your 25th birthday this year? Or maybe your silver wedding? Maybe you walked with us that first year?
You don’t need a reason to take part – knowing you’re raising money and helping people who don’t have safe water is reason enough.
DONATE NOW – or on the day
Above: Volunteers prepare the routes the day before the Walk
See you in September!
The 2018 Walk for Water
Thanks to everyone who supported last year’s Walk – helping raise a fantastic £5354 (107% of target). The funds raised have already helped Oxfam provide clean water via Life saver Cubes to families devastated by cyclones in early 2019 in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Our supporters also raised over £300 from an emergency street collection in St Albans.
Our next street collection is on Saturday 8th September – if you can help please get in touch
In October 2018 our volunteers held an emergency street collection in aid of the Indonesian Earthquake & Tsunami. Thank you to the people of St Albans who once again gave so generously – helping us collect over £600.
If you were unable to donate on the day, you can use the attached link to give directly to the DEC Appeal.
Thank you to everyone who came along & took part in the Oxfam Walk For Water last year on another sunny September day for the Oxfam Walk! We had an amazing 227 people walk one of the routes , including a couple of runners & many dogs!
We have raised an impressive £3655 through donations on the day & via our Just Giving site against our goal of £5000.
Not paid your money in yet? Just go on the Just Giving website or send us an email to email@example.com for any further details.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO WALKED, SPONSORED WALKERS, MARSHALLED, VOLUNTEERED AT THE REGISTRATION POINT, SERVED REFRESHMENTS, SOLD FAIRTRADE GOODS AND NOT FORGETTING BAKED AMAZING CAKES, BISCUITS, SAMOSAS AND PAKORAS!
In the UK we take clean, safe water out of our taps for granted, but in so many other countries it’s not like that. People who use unsafe river water for drinking suffer a high risk of disease. In addition, the journeys to collect water are dangerous; women and girls may get attacked whilst on their way. The hours spent in walking represent time lost from schooling, working and caring for families. Just as important as clean drinking water are adequate toilets. You can see more about the work Oxfam does on water & where your money will go HERE
Watch HERE to view a video demonstrating the Lifesaver Cube which we are raising funds for at the Walk For Water. One Cube provides a family with clean drinking water for a full year & costs just £21.39!
Oxfam has benefited from two charity Theatre Nights at the Abbey Theatre in St Albans. Thanks to everyone who bought tickets and came to support these evenings.
Our next Theatre evening is on Thursday 7th November at 8pm and the play is “Pitmen Painters” – put the date in your diary now! Tickets are available (priced £13 to include a glass or wine or a soft drink) only from the Oxfam St Albans Group. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to reserve your tickets now.