Oxfam Trailwalker Hong Kong since 2005
Oxfam Trailwalker is the world’s greatest team challenge.
“Jeez, my right feet was badly hurt, especially my big toe. I couldn’t imagine I can finish the whole thing!”
“Not to mention my knees are badly injured, it’s painful when walking continuously over 3 hours downhill or downstairs.”
Since 2005, Chak & Associates has accustomed to take part in the Oxfam Trailwalker (Trailwalker) between November and December of the year. Oxfam Trailwalker is one of the most challenging team activities as well as an international fundraising event which is held in 11 cities. It has also become one of the largest fundraising sport events in Hong Kong. The donation raised from Trailwalker will be used to support development projects and emergency relief programs particularly in Asia and Africa to help poor people to get out of poverty or bring relief to natural disaster victims and their communities.
Trailwalker is an enduring event that requires participants of 4 in a team, to complete the 100km MacLehose Trail starting from Pak Tam Chung in Sai Kung to the Po Leung Kuk Jockey Club Tai Hong Holiday Camp, in Yuen Long. There are nine checkpoints along the trail.
4 walkers + 20 support crews + Water, Food & Message + 48 hours uphill and downhill = 100km McLeahose Trail
Trail Start: Pak Tam Chung Campsite, Sai Kung
CP1: Sai Wan
CP2: Pak Tam Au
CP3: Kei Ling Ha
CP4: Gilwell Campsite
CP5: Beacon Hill
CP6: Smugglers Ridge Rifle Range
CP7: Lead Mine Pass
CP8: Tai Mo Shan
CP9: Tai Lam Chung Reservoir
Trail Finish: Po Leung Kuk Jockey Club Tai Tong Campsite, Yuen Long
Knowing that astounding length of the trail, Chak & Associates, still each year, has conquered this unbelievably endless trail, not to mention the restless help from the supporting crew. They have two support crews for their runners team: the primary crew handles first 24-hour-work while the second crew is responsible for the last 24-hour-support work. It has been an uneasy task for the supporting screw as they have to prepare enough food and drinks for the walkers at each check point according to their checklist. Moreover, the support crew has to monitored the team progress and be ready to provide drinks and meals at all checkpoints. It is the most important to ensure the runners are well-hydrated to prevent heat exhaustion and muscle cramps. Additionally, the crew has to prepare Band-Aids and medications for stomachache, nausea, vomiting, and antiseptic wash/cream etc.
From using 26 hours 16 minutes to walk through 5 sections of the trail to 42.5 hours for the whole trail, from below 5 to the top 2 in the legal service category, from extreme weariness to amazing breakthrough, not only Oxfam’s fund was gradually increasing, the passion and determination of our crew members were soaring at the same time.
“I can’t believe I can come to this far”
“Nothing is impossible.”
Fitting to our company’s mission – “Excellence in everyone and everything”, it clearly reflects our eagerness to help and serve. No doubt, through these annual Oxfam Trailwalker, it is believed that the relationship between our staff is getting closer and closer. More importantly, our team-spirit becomes much more attached and more authentic, as being a team of four people, it is doubtlessly NOT an individual competition. The completion is only counted as a team, including both the participants and the supporting crews. All members have to complete the 100km together to accomplish the goal. The completion of the event is definitely one of the satisfactions and an rewarding experience ever!!!
Oxfam Japan Trailwalker 2008
Apart from the local trailwalker, Chak & Associates had also taken part in the Trailwalker in Japan in June 2008. The donation was used for Oxfam-operated projects:
- Emergency Aid
- D.R. Congo “Forgotten Emergency”
- Long-term Community Development
- Philippines “School of Hope”
- Cambodia “Overcoming Hunger”
- Laos “Coffee of Dignity”
- India “Women’s Power”
- Mozambique “seeds of Lives”
- South Africa “Fighting HIV and AIDS”
- The Enterprise Development Programme
Realizing that the landscape of Japan was different from that of Hong Kong, it was even more demanding to finish the foothills of Mount Fuji. Yet, with the preparation and support, we finally overcome the difficulties. The trail started from Odawar-city and finished at Lake Yamanaka. Though it was challenging, the beautiful scenery and nature along the course masked all the wariness.
The trail for Oxfam Trailwalker in Japan is known as the most challenging trail in the world. No matter how yielding and uncertain the trail is, Chak & Associates always believed that they had such an ability to overcome it.
Trail Start: Shiroyama Track & Field
CP2: Hakone Ashinoyu Flower Center
CP3: Onshi – Hakone – Park
CP4: Ashinoko Camping Village
CP5: Daiyuzan Saijo-ji
CP6: Yagurasawa Public Home
CP7: Fujimi Center
CP8: Myojin Pass
Trail Finish: Tokyo YMCA Yamanakako Center
Through this experience, Chak & Associates understands that whether they are in Hong Kong or in Japan, there is nothing can break their bond between each other. No matter how challenging the trail is, their determination to complete the task is as fierce as fire. With such everlasting “fire”, Chak & Associates always spreads this “fire” towards their client with passion and enjoyment. Serving is the first priority for our firm, our unique mission!
Oxfam New Zealand Trailwalker 2009
In 2009, Chak & Associates even overcame the Trailwalker in New Zealand. The aim was to raise money to solve the poverty problem, by donation not only to the poor family but also to the local organizations, institutions, and the governments at the national and international level.
The trail is located in Lake Taupo. The time Limit is 36 hours.
CP1: Scoria Road
CP2: Whakaipo Bay
CP4: Wairakei Forest
CP5: Huka Falls
CP6: Broadlands Road
CP7: Underpass on SH5
Leg 1: Start to Scoria Road -- 17.6km
Leg 2: Scoria Road to Whakaipo Bay -- 12.8km (total distance 30.4km)
Leg 3: Whakaipo Bay to Kinloch -- 15.6km (total distance 46.0km)
Leg 4: Kinloch to Wairakei Forest -- 19.1km (total distance 65.1km)
Leg 5: Wairakei Forest to Huka Falls -- 6.3km (total distance 71.4km)
Leg 6: Huka Falls to Broadlands Road -- 7.7km (total distance 79.1km
Leg 7: Broadlands Road to underpass on SH5 -- 7.4km (total distance 86.5km)
Leg 8: Underpass on SH5 to Finish! -- 13.5km (total coverage 100km!)
New Zealand is well-known for its beautiful scenery. Although the trail seems endless, we finally conquered the long trail along the picturesque view with our yielding strength. Regardless of the length and difficulties of the trails, we can still conquer them. Once again, Chak & Associates has proved that we can overcome the hurdles that are potentially hindered them as long as they stayed together. As a team, Chak & Associates become more mature and closer. More importantly, Chak & Associates is in unison!!!!
Green Power Hong Kong Trail Race 2010
In 2010, Chak & Associations has also participated in Green Power Hike at the 25-km Hong Kong Trail. Such hike is an annual fund-raising walkathon for Green Power as to increase people’s awareness towards green future. All donations will be used for environmental education in the community and schools.
The trail begins from the peak to the Big Wave Bay with the time limitation of 16 hours. We finally completed the race in slightly more than 12 hours.
Besides the length of the trail, the other apparent difference of Green Power and Trailwalker is the environment around the trail. Works have occupied most of our daily time. We truly believe that through this hike, we gain a better understanding to the ecology of Hong Kong. As we hike, the beauty of the scenery around acknowledges us the importance of protecting the environment. The birds sing, the lights shines through the leaves, the mist flows above the moss. Though this atmosphere is merely a small part in our life, they can be added together as to beautify the whole nature. The picturesque scenery makes our hiking so effortless and enjoyable.
This race is a great opportunity to understand more of the ecology in Hong Kong, and promote environmental work.
Through this experience, we have learnt that environment also plays a very important role in our life apart from working and working to earn a living.
Standard Charter Hong Kong Marathon
On 12 February 2006, Chak & Associates, with the other 40,173 participants, joined "Together We Go Further" organized by Hong Kong Standard Chartered. All the money raised was going to the Hong Kong Sports Association for the Physically Disabled. Year 2006 is the 10th anniversary of the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon since it was first launched in 1997.
This Hong Kong Marathon is an annual marathon race held in February or Match in Hong Kong annually. This 10km race took place at Island Eastern Corridor. It started from Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, then going out to West Kowloon using Austin Road, followed by West Kowloon Highway and Tsing Kwai Highway, then it continues through Cheung Ching Tunnel, then do a return trip each on Tsing Ma Bridge and Ting Kau Bridge, then back to West Kowloon. Last but not least, the finishing point was at Victoria Park.
Early at 5 in the morning, 5 members of the company arrived at Tsim Sha Tsui. Despite the fact that 4 of them were physically not prepared, they finally finished this 10km race.
Most of them regarded the slope going up to Rumsey Street Flyover was the most difficult and exhausting one. With the bustling sun shining above their heads, sweat kept dropping from their forehead. Yet, the runners felt remarkable and satisfied. With the support waiting at the finishing line, they accelerated and finished their first marathon in life. This courage and persistence yet were the main source of attaining their personal victory. This memorable event will always become an encouragement to us when facing future adversity.Related Newsletters