REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED…. But DON’T PANIC!
The routes are all now marked up & we are ready to greet you in the morning whether you have registered or not!
We really look forward to seeing you on Saturday (21st September) for our 25th Anniversary Oxfam Walk For Water!
In line with our commitment to the environment, we WILL NOT BE PROVIDING PRINTED COPIES OF THE ROUTE INSTRUCTIONS on the day. Therefore, please help us by DOWNLOADING or PRINTING your own copies here:
3 & 5 MILE ROUTE: Oxfam 3 & 5 mile instructions and map 2019
8 MILE ROUTE: 8 mile route and map 2019 final edition
15 MILE ROUTE: Oxfam 15 mile route and map 2019 final edition
WALKERS INFORMATION: Sept 2019 Information for Oxfam Walkers v2
Thank you for helping us to achieve our goal! It looks like we will be blessed by another glorious day of weather on Saturday so we hope you will come & enjoy it with us!
The Oxfam Walk For Water Committee
The Oxfam Walk for Water 2019 – our 25th anniversary Walk!
Register to Walk for Water here (no enrolment fee!)
The Oxfam St Albans Group has been walking for 25 years! 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 this Saturday 21st September.
SPECIAL ACTION ON 21ST SEPTEMBER AT WALK HQ (SCOUT HUT, SANDRIDGE)
Come and share your memories of 1994 (the year of our first walk!) – or your memories of the Oxfam walk over the past 25 years…
- did you walk from Sandringham School in those first years?
- did you walk from Mead Hall – Wheathampstead or Sandridge School?
- Bring a photo and pin it to our Memories board
- Write a message so we can collate and share!
DONATE NOW – or on the day
Above: Volunteers prepare the routes the day before the Walk
The 2018 Walk for Water – thanks for your support!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com for details and to reserve your tickets now.