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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Date changes when finalized

Having a problem completing the registration process online? Don't worry. Give us a missed call on 09223030000 and we will call you back to sort things out.

You can also send us a message. Just text TWMUM for Mumbai or TWBLR for Bengaluru and send it to 566773.


2. To successfully complete your registration you will need to provide:

Team name (make sure it's unique!)

Team fundraising target (choose an ambitious target). Minimum amount required to participate is Rs. 80,000

Information of all 4 team members, including: full name and a unique email address

And finally ,the names of those whose name you would require the donation certificates on.

3. What is the registration fees for the event?

Every team of 4 that signs up for the Trailwalker event  will need to pay a registration fee of Rs 20,000 per team. The registration fee is also a donation and your team will get donation certificates for the same. Thus, the fee is non-refundable.

4. Is there a minimum fundraising amount?

Trailwalker is a fundraising event and each team is raising funds to support Oxfam India's work to reduce inequality. We have a target to fundraise from Trailwalker and based on number of teams the minimum pledge is decided. This year, minimum fundraising amount per team is Rs. 80,000.

5. Can our team registration fees also be counted as part of our team pledge?

The registration amount and minimum fundraising amount are separate. The registration amount will not be added to the minimum fundraising amount. Once registered, every team must raise a minimum of Rs. 80,000 before the event. Rest assured that all the funds raised through the event will be used to support Oxfam India's work on reducing inequality.

6. Can we get a refund for our registrations fees if we wish to withdraw from the event?

The Registration fee for Oxfam India Trailwalker is also a donation. Once you register, receipt and donation certificate will be sent to you by email. Thus, the registration fees for Trailwalker is non-refundable. 

7. The registration cost of Rs.20,000 appears quite steep ­ can we understand what this is supposed to cover?

Oxfam Trailwalker is a fund raising event and all the funds raised through the event are committed to Oxfam India projects to fight poverty and inequality all across India.

The event itself is organized on the outskirts of the cities of Mumbai/Pune and Bangalore, set along rural areas with beautiful yet challenging terrain. In most cases these areas lack even basic infrastructure and require considerable development, setup and groundwork to accommodate the event and its participants.

We aim to cover these expenses for conducting the event with the walkers registration fees (Rs 20,000/- per team i.e. Rs 5000/- per walker) and any other support we receive from our sponsors .

Also included in this registration fees are the expenses for welcome kits and informational material sent all throughout the event. We also provide an array of additional services along the 11 checkpoints (Start ,Finish and 9 CPs) on the trail ,which include; basic facilities such as drinking water, portable toilets, first-aid, tea-coffee and resting areas. The Checkpoints also have medical supplies and ambulances whose expenses are also covered by the registration fees.

8. Is it mandatory to raise the minimum fundraising amount?

It is mandatory to raise the minimum fundraising amount of Rs 80,000 per team, if you want to participate in the 100km walk. Any team which fails to complete the minimum fundraising target, will not be allowed to participate.

9. Is there a 50km walk this year for both the events?

Yes. In addition to the 100km, which teams of 4 need to complete in 48 hours, we are also introducing a new version in both events -- 50km, teams of 4 in 24 hours.

10. Is there any minimum age to participate in Oxfam Trailwalker?

Yes, the minimum age to participate in Oxfam Trailwalker is 18 years. Anyone over the age of 18, who wants to make a difference in the world, is most welcome to enter Trailwalker. However, there is no maximum age. Our oldest participant in India is a 75-year-old woman.

11. Can there be more or less than 4 persons in a team?

Trailwalker is a global event and in all editions "teams of four" walk in the event. This format was developed by the Gurkha regiment for their training to ensure that if a person gets injured, one person can always be with the injured person and two other persons needs to go in two different directions of the trail to seek some help.

12. If I am alone, can I still register?

Yes, you can register as one person but you must complete your team before the event.

13. Can we change a team member after we have registered?

We accept changes in a team if it is because of valid reasons (for example injuries). If you want to change any team member, can do so till a week before the event by editing your team profile on the website. No changes will be accepted after that.

14. How will the Trailwalker organisers keep us informed?

  • The Trailwalker team will be connected to you all the time. The best way to get all the updates on the Trailwalker is by downloading the Trailwalker app! It is available on the Google play store and the App store. You can also connect with us through the Trailwalker website and social media platforms.
  • Trailwalker website and social media: Our website and facebook page features the latest news, frequently asked questions, trail information, health tips, nutritional advice, details about Oxfam India's work and much more. Please bookmark the website and check it regularly to get the latest information on all matters relating to the upcoming event.
  • E-News: All participants who register for Oxfam Trailwalker are automatically subscribed to our E-Newsletters. Our regular E-News editions provide participants with engaging, relevant and important information so please ensure we have your correct email address on record so that we can keep you informed. If you need to update your contact details please email us. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

15. Is it safe for women to participate?

Trailwalker is an inclusive event. 25% of our participants are women. We also have women volunteers. The event is completely safe for women. For any other query, contact the respective offices.

1. Can you tell me what the terrain is like?

Please click here to know about the Mumbai trail. Click here to find out about the Bengaluru trail.

2. Am I fit enough to do Trailwalker?

We firmly believe anyone with the right training and attitude can complete the Trailwalker challenge. Our oldest participant was 75 years old women! With regular pratice walk, anyone can do Trailwalker.

3. What should we wear for training?

Non-chafing and comfortable training clothes. Make sure your shoes are light and comfortable. Train well to find out what clothes and food best suit you. Check out the training and preparation tips for more information.

4. Are trainers or hiking boots better for this event?

It is up to you. Experienced Oxfam Trailwalkers are divided on this point so the best thing to do is start training on the trail and find out what is best for you. Some Trailwalkers also prefer to have spare shoes so they can switch back and forth during the event. Check out the training and preparation tips for more information.

5. Food for thought

To get you across the finish line at Oxfam Trailwalker, adequate nutrition and hydration are just as important as your fitness training. You may not be able to complete the 100 km if you don't provide your body with the fuel it needs. And, on a more serious note, if you don't drink enough liquids you may find yourself in hospital.

6. Fuelling up

Carbohydrates, fats and proteins are all fuel for your body. Carbohydrates and fats are your primary energy source during exercise. Most people have a plentiful store of fats in their bodies are enough to last 100 km and beyond, however the body's store of carbohydrates is limited. That's why it's essential to replenish these stores during an endurance event like Oxfam Trailwalker.

7. Carbohydrates

  • Carbohydrates are your main fuel source during high-intensity exercise.
  • Your body only stores limited amounts of carbohydrates, so it's essential to replace them to avoid 'hitting the wall'.
  • Foods that contains carbohydrates include bread, cereals, starchy vegetables, legumes (e.g. lentils), fruit and their juices, dairy products, sugars, honey, soft drinks, cordial and confectionary

8. Proteins

  • Proteins are building blocks for your muscles.
  • People who are in the early stages of an exercise program may require more protein than people who don't regularly exercise but, in reality, most people already consume enough protein to meet this extra requirement.
  • Foods that contains protein include meat (red, white and fish), dairy, eggs, nuts and legumes (e.g. lentils). Other foods provide small amounts of protein.

9. Fats

  • Your body only needs a small amount of dietary fat, which provides fat-soluble vitamins and assists with other bodily functions.
  • Your body will use fat as fuel during the event, but you probably don't need to increase your fat intake during training or the event (unless you're trying to prevent weight loss). Your body probably already has enough fat available for the event.
  • Foods that contain fats include meat, dairy, eggs, margarine, oils, nuts, seeds, fried foods, takeaway foods, certain confectionary and bakery goods.

10. What to eat before the event

As your body can only store a limited amount of carbohydrates, you can increase your store directly before the event by carbohydrate loading. For three to four days before the event, increase your carbohydrate intake. During this time, eat less high-fat food because it makes you feel full and you won't be able to eat the carbohydrates.

On the morning of the event, eat a high-carbohydrate breakfast 4 hours before the event to top up your carbohydrates one last time. Alternatively, if you have an early start, eat a bigger dinner the night before and a smaller, carbohydrate-rich snack in the morning. Or you can simply be mindful of eating carbohydrates early and consistently in the event to ensure your levels are topped up. This will help you to avoid hitting the wall.

11. What to eat during the event

  • What you eat during the event is a personal decision and should be trialled throughout your training. Seasoned participants will have their own proven eating plan. For those new to endurance events, the following are a few basic tips to get you started:
  • Eat meals and snacks that are high in carbohydrates. Eating every three hours should keep you on track.
  • Meals can include sandwiches, wraps, rolls, noodle soups, rice and pasta.
  • Snacks can include fruit, pikelets, muesli bars, bread with jam and pretzels.
  • Plan when you'll eat. It's often hard to replenish carbohydrates once you've hit the wall.

12. Recovery

Drinking water and eating carbohydrates and protein is important for recovery. 15 to 30 minutes after the event, have a snack that includes some carbohydrates and protein. This will help you recover effectively. During this time your muscles can easily absorb carbohydrate and protein.Make sure you drink plenty of fluids 24 to 48 hours after the event. Try sports drinks if you need to recover more quickly.Avoid drinking alcohol after the event. It has a negative impact on the recovery of nutrition and on soft-tissue injury caused by exercise.

13. Hydration

Maintaining the right level of hydration is essential for events like Oxfam Trailwalker. In extreme cases, over-hydration can result in a severe medical condition called hyponatremia. On the other hand, failing to hydrate sufficiently can lead to significant health consequences like dehydration.

Have a drinking plan and stick to it, this will ensure you maintain a good level of hydration. Drink to your plan, not to your thirst. Know the distance between each checkpoint and what you will drink at each checkpoint. (Drinking water is available at all sites and each walker will be supplied with a canister of GU Brew electrolyte drink tablets at the start to use throughout the event.)

1. What is the Mantra for Fundraising?

Only mantra for fundraising is "ASK". Your friends, colleagues and family members want to support you but you need to ask for support. Try asking and we are sure you will easily cross your fundraising target. But don’t stop there!  You can keep going higher, wear your creative hat and come-up with creative ideas so that you can have fun while fundraising!

2. If we are unable to raise the entire amount within the stipulated time frame, what happens to the registration amount?

Teams need to raise a minimum donation amount before participating. Both registration fees as well as donation for pledge are donations and thus, non-­refundable.

3. How much money do we need to collect?

The registration fee for Oxfam India Trailwalker is Rs 20,000 per team. After the team has signed up and completed the registration procedure the fun begins: every donation counts! Look for support in your family, friends, or organize a solidarity party or auction. To participate you need to collect  at least Rs. 80,000, but between the members of the team it will be easy and fun.

4. How can we start obtaining donations ?

The main tool to raise funds is your online team page. There you can upload photos and update the page with news about your training. This page will  be set up when a team signs up and pays the registration fee. You can reach out to your friends, colleagues and relatives with the page link  asking for donations and to follow your progress. Also, you can find a few more ideas on how to  raise funds on our website and in the Event Handbook

5. What things we should keep in mind while choosing online donation option?

  1. a) Please do not press refresh button or back button during the whole process of Donation.
  2. b) For international Donors who are paying through international credit card they should scroll to the last of the sheet and chose as “only Foreign donors” and follow the instructions.
  3. c) for donors who are Indian and are paying through any card issues in India should scroll to the last of the sheet and chose as “only India donors” and follow the instructions.
  4. d) Please keep your credit/debit card ready for payment with all your passwords ready. A lot of times transaction is time out at bank portal . And then the donor had to fill the entire form again.

Here are some reasons of  "Transactions Failed"  :-

  1. i) Card Bin Stop Listed

Reason: Because of the increase in fraud on certain BINs some bins are blocked Internationally. No transactions will be approved on these BINs once it is blocked.

Remedial action: Please use another Card of another bank on these BINs once it is blocked.

 

  1. ii) Rejected by the Switch

Reason: If your transaction is rejected by the Switch, it means that the transaction is declined by the issuing bank.                                                 

Remedial action: Please contact your bank to approve the transaction.                      

6. Can we collect donation through cheque? What do we do with cheques?

Yes, you can collect donation through cheques for your team donation. Collect cheques in favour of Oxfam India. Behind the cheque, write details of your donor- name, email id, mobile no., address and your own team name and send it to our Bengaluru Address.

By Cheque/Bank Draft

For Tailwalker Bengaluru

Please make your cheque in favor of 'Oxfam India' and send it to Oxfam India.

Dipanwita Dutta

Partnership Development Officer

Oxfam India

305, Ave Maria, 1st Floor, No.1C, Nehru Road; HRBR Layout, 3rd Block,

Bengaluru - 560084, Karnataka

Phone : +9180 40945155 / 40945166 / 41722889

For Tailwalker Mumbai

Please make your cheque in favor of 'Oxfam India' and send it to Oxfam India.

Bhavika Nagar

B-304, Riddhi Siddhi Complex,

Near Sukarwadi Bus Depot,

M.G Road, Borivli East,

Mumbai - 400 066, Maharashtra.

Phone : 022-69000700

7. Is it compulsory to obtain at least Rs. 80,000 the minimum pledge in donations?

Yes, a condition to be able to take part in the Trailwalker is that the team raises at least Rs. 80,000, preferably by the minimum fundraising deadline. Although it may initiallyseem  like a lot of money, among the four walkers, the two support crew members and your friends, family, and colleagues it is not difficult to raise the funds and even exceed the amount .. Take into account that the average fundraising from the teams that participate in other Oxfam Trailwalkers is usually double the minimum initial amount.

8. Can we get sponsors for our registration fee?

It's upto you. If you have any sponsor for your registration fee as well, you can share the name of the donor in the donation certificate section, while filling your registration form online.

9. How can Oxfam help us with our fundraising?

The Oxfam Trailwalker staff can provide  many ideas and resources to help make fundraising easy and fun. The Event Handbook has lots of advice to get you started and we can help you with more ideas,in case you need. So feel free get in touch with us!

10. How do we use our Teamspace page?

Each team will have its own web page (Teamspace) which you can personalise to tell the world your Oxfam Trailwalker story and inspire supporters to donate. Use your teamspace to tell your supporters all about your team and your challenge, including stories and photos from the trail, fundraising target and progress, estimated finishing time and all the other details you keep adding over time. Participants can also choose to publish feeds on teamspace from their Twitter and Facebook accounts.

11. How do I submit funds raised through a fundraising event?

If you can get donors pay online on your team page, it's great. If have received cheques, can directly send it to us.

If you collect cash, please note the amount paid by all donors and their email ids and either send us a consolidated cheque or simply cover the amount with a money order or credit card payment. You can make the credit card payment on your Teamspace page, by either filling for each donor or simply put the name of your fundraising event in the name field and send us an email with all donor details on the same day. Tax receipts should not be issued to individuals donating less than Rs. 500.

12. What do I do with a cheque donation?

If you receive cheque donations, the cheques are to be made out to Oxfam India and on the back of the cheque please write all donor details- name, email id, phone no and address and your own team name and no and event you participating and send it to us.

13. How do we issue tax receipts to our donors and sponsors?

Donations made online to teams are issued with an electronic receipt. If you receive an offline donation of more than Rs. 500 and the donor would like a receipt, you can process the donation online with your credit card or debit card and the donor's details. Alternatively, send us a cheque and the donor's details and we will issue the donor a receipt.

14. Our team has reached our fundraising target, what should we do?

Go team! If you meet or exceed your fundraising target, you can edit your fundraising target on your team page or call and ask us to increase your target so that your supporters know you're still fundraising. You'll be surprised at how much this can encourage further donations. Remember, by this stage you have met your obligatory minimum fundraising amount so why not set yourself an ambitious target?

15. When is the final fundraising deadline?

Minimum fundraising deadline (Rs. 80,000 per team)

Mumbai : December 02, 2016

Bengaluru: January 13, 2017

Final fundraising Close

Mumbai : February 28, 2017

Bengaluru: March 31, 2017

Although fundraising can continue beyond this date, we use the fundraising Close to determine the fundraising award recipients.

16. How much money is Oxfam Trailwalker aiming to raise?

In 2016-17, the two Oxfam Trailwalker events in India are aiming to raise in excess of 6 crores to support our vital work and enable the people we help to bring about positive change in their lives.

17. Where does the money go?

Oxfam India Trailwalker is a bid to bridge the gap of Inequality between the more fortunate amongst us and the marginalised. Recent figures show that India is trailing behind many of its South Asian counterparts in several social indices like education, gender justice, public health and sanitation. Oxfam Trailwalker India provides a platform to people to help these marginalized and disadvantaged communities attain a right to life with dignity for all.

Oxfam India works with 60 NGO partners. For your reference, we are sharing info on six projects on Public Health, Education, Urban Poverty and Livelihood for women in the cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Pune which will be supported by the funds raised through Oxfam India Trailwalker. The projects have been selected on the basis of urgency of the issues to be addressed, location of the project as well as the monetary support required by these projects.

1. How do I Volunteer?

If you are interested in Volunteering, please visit the link volunteer with us, giving details of your interest, how much time would you like to contibute (pre-event and during event); location you opt for- Bengaluru or Mumbai/Pune and your contact details.

2. Is there a minimum/ maximum age for volunteering?

Yes, minimum age required is 18 years. There is no maximum age.

3. If I wish to volunteer for the event, what would be my roles and responsibilities and by when this can be confirmed?

We need volunteer support for various general as well as specialised tasks such as trail marshals, sweep team, database management, tele-calling, MC, calligraphy, photography, socal media, yoga and fitness expert, etc.Once we get these details from you on your interest areas and skills; we shall get back to you soon. Right now, we are still finalsing the actual requirement and schedules for the events.

4. During event, is food provided for volunteers?

Yes, we will be organising food for volunteers during their assigned shift/working time. However, it would be great if you can be self-sufficient as well.

5. During event, is accomodation provided for volunteers?

Trailwalker is a 48 hours continuous event and thus, volunteers would be expected to work in odd hours and long shifts. In some cases, pre or post shift, there might be tented accomodation organised at the checkpoints, based on the requirements. Details of accommodation will be shared with volunteers before the event. Depending on the role of each volunteer and the shift timings, accomodation will be confirmed to volunteers.

6. What all belongings need to be carried by Volunteer?

Upon confirmation of your volunteering, you will be sent a Volunteer Handbook with all details.

7. Will volunteers get transportation facilities to the event location?

No. Volunteers need to arrange their own transportation for the trail location.

8. If I choose to volunteer for the event, will I be working for the entire duration of the (48

hour) event?

No. You will be working in shifts of 8-12 hrs depending on the job role or task requirement.

Behind every great team is an even greater support crew. Support crew members are the unsung heroes of the event; they will provide your team with unconditional love, dedicated support and endless motivation throughout your journey. You could not complete Trailwalker without them!

1. Choosing your crew

Ideally, your support crew will include people who understand the nature of the event or have even participated themselves. You will need at least two people in each crew -- one to drive and one to navigate.

You may have more than one crew working in shifts over the weekend, but remember that only one vehicle pass will be issued to each team at the briefing night. Vehicles will not be allowed into checkpoints without the pass, so plan accordingly if you do have more than one crew.

2. Involving your crew

Your support crew is an extension of your team, so involve them in your training walks, fundraising efforts and team meetings. Encourage your support crew members to join you on the trail so they can get to know your team and see first-hand the enormous challenge you're undertaking.

On the event weekend, communicate with your support crew. They'll be eager to know how you're progressing and when exactly they should be ready for you.

3. Preparing your crew

It's important to prepare your crew for the event so they know what's expected of them. They will work very hard and get little sleep so take care of them and they'll take care of you!

Please encourage your support crew to read our comprehensive Support Crew Guide. You can download it here (PDF).

And don't forget to check out the Support crew checklists for everything your support crew will need.

4.Acknowledging your crew

The strongest teams are supported by the strongest crews. Without them, the journey would be a whole lot tougher. Let them know how important they are and celebrate your success together!

1. What happens if we do not complete the walk in 48 hours?

Every team has the maximum time of 48 hours allowed for completing the walk. If you want to continue further, it's at your own risk. Our team will be available only for 48 hours.

2. Do we get any support on the trail?

There are 9 checkpoints available on the trail. Support will be available only at the checkpoints.

3. Will there be any guide or volunteer through out the journey to guide us to the right direction

No. Please follow the trail markings.

4. Is there any accommodation provided from trailwalker, or any tents provided for stay during the journey?

Your support crew is your extended team. They need to organise everything for you.

5. What do we do if we have medical emergency in between checkpoints?

Please call on the emergency number provided in your chest bibs. Our medical emergency team will reach you as soon as possible.

6. What is available at the checkpoint?

Drinking water, first aid and portaloos are a must at every checkpoint. Food, sleep facility or any other support needs to be organised by your support crew.

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