JOIN US – 25th September 2021 – The Oxfam Walk for Water is back!

We’re delighted to let you know that, after a year’s break, the Oxfam Walk for Water is back for 2021. We would love you to join us

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SATURDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2021

The Walk for Water is a fun annual event for people of all ages, and new walkers join every year through word-of-mouth.  Please get your neighbours, friends, colleagues and family involved!

What do you need to know?

  • This year there will be more choices:

    • the 2.5 or 4-mile mini hike, which will have route marks and a halfway checkpoint.

    • the 5, 8, 15 or 20-mile walks, which are not route-marked, but do have checkpoints.

    • For all the route details & instructions for the day check out our Walkers Information page.
  • Registration in advance is not essential but we would love to know if you are coming to help with our planning. Please email us at oxfamstalbans1@gmail.com, or just turn up on the day and register then.

  • There is no registration fee, but we kindly ask you to make your donation to Oxfam Walk for Water in advance or on the day via our Just Giving page NOW OPEN FOR DONATIONS.

  • We will be in need of and grateful for volunteers – whether putting up signs on Friday 24 September, helping during the day itself or joining our new Walk for Water committee – so e-mail us at oxfamstalbans1@gmail.com or call 07870 236931 if you would like to do this.

As always, our fundraising will focus on Oxfam’s work with water. Whether in the grip of long-term poverty or caught up in emergencies from cyclones to Covid, water is essential. Many are suffering further due to the climate crisis, making their need even more urgent.

With best wishes

The St Albans Oxfam Walk for Water team

Oxfam St Albans Volunteer Fundraising Group

Herts Walk for Water Flyer 2021

Oxfam Walk For Water 2020 – Update 6th June

Dear Oxfam friends,

Current circumstances mean we’ve decided:

  • Our 2020 event needs to be flexible
  • So we encourage you to start walking NOW
  • Log your walks & DONATE to Oxfam’s Walk for Water page as you go
  • We will publish our ROUTES so you can use these – or choose your own
  • FUNDRAISING ENDS 26th September
  • Read more below and watch for our updates!
  • To see details of Oxfam’s response during the global COVID-19 pandemic HERE

With its shops and fundraising avenues like festivals closed, Oxfam needs our support more than ever. However, circumstances mean we cannot offer our Walk for Water in the usual way, as bringing walkers and helpers together at the Scout Hut and at places around the routes would not be responsible. If we can waymark some routes on certain dates we’ll announce it.

So, we are switching to a flexible approach and one that fits the current lifestyle emphasis on outdoor exercise.

Start your Walk for Water efforts NOW by logging your countryside walks. Follow the classic 3, 5, 8 and 15 mile Oxfam routes, which we will post here on our website and develop your own favourite walks and tell us about them.

Write into us at Oxfamstalbans1@gmail.com with your photos and news of where you have been. Let’s build a “Walk for Water” community this year. Who can log up the greatest mileage?

Our original event date of 26 September can be the target date for completing fundraising.

Fundraising arrangements. All participants donate to Oxfam (you decide the amount) and/or also collect sponsors. We have a Just Giving page already running and here you or your sponsors can donate money and opt to Gift Aid it too, giving Oxfam a valuable 25% increase. However, if you are putting money aside at a more gradual rate then start a “Oxfam Fundraiser Sheet” and log your progress towards a water cube or a hand-washing station. Each time you reach another £10, donate to the Justgiving page and tell us about your walks.

We know that Oxfam will have great needs to meet in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene fields – its special areas of expertise – so we want to rise to the challenge and fundraise as much as before. Join in and help us get there!

The money placed on the Justgiving page will be available for Oxfam’s use within a few days, helping it to respond to Covid-19 situations and people in need.

St Albans Group Fundraising successes

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 made 2019 Walk For Water a HUGE success!

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!  Yet again some 250 people joined us on a gorgeous day including 100 scouts and their families!

We have raised an impressive £7700+ 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 oxfamstalbans1@gmail.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!

Oxfam’s work with water and sanitation

 

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!

 

Thank you to everyone who supported our Oxfam Theatre Nights

Oxfam has benefited from three charity Theatre Nights at the Abbey Theatre in St Albans in recent years. In November 2019 we raised over £1000 through ticket and raffle sales at the performance of “Pitmen Painters”. Thanks to everyone who came along, to our dedicated volunteers and those who donated prizes. Thanks too, to all at the Abbey Theatre, St Albans.