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Oxfam Trailwalker - Virtually Together

This year has been a challenging one for us all, especially for the poor. Oxfam's poverty alleviation work has also become more challenging. Although we were not able to meet you all on the trail this year, we have hope and know that we will overcome these challenges together.

In view of COVID-19, we have planned a more flexible OTW which offers participants more options in terms of the format. 

Let us continue to persevere, walk for a good cause and fight poverty!

Virtually but TOGETHER!

Ordinary People Doing the Extraordinary

From Tai Mo Shan to Tsuen Wan,
Lin Jie is here to complete a special mission,
Stone Tsang and Leung Ying Suen are on a mission in Sham Shui Po too!

 

Period:

8 February to 7 March 2021

Location:

The route is approximately 100 km long; it starts at the Pak Tam Chung P.H.A.B. Site in Sai Kung and finishes at Tai Tong Barbecue Area in Yuen Long

Route:

The route starts at the Pak Tam Chung P.H.A.B Site in Sai Kung, and covers sections 1 to 9 of the MacLehose Trail, which is about 88 km (M001-M174). After passing Kat Hing Bridge and leaving CP9, the path leaves the MacLehose Trail and travels 5 km along a country trail to north coast of Tai Lam Chung Reservoir. The trail then turns right along a paved road towards Wong Nai Tun/Tai Tong and heads towards the Finish Point at Tai Tong Barbecue Area in Yuen Long.

MacLehose TrailOxfam Trailwalker – Virtually Together Route
Section 2 M031-M033From M031 pass through Sai Wan beach to M033
Section 8 M152-M156From M152 along Tai Mo Shan Road to Route Twisk
Section 10 M175-M200Turn left towards Kat Hing Bridge after registering at CP9, then walk along a country trail next to Tai Lam Chung Reservoir)

Eligibility:

Registered teams that have confirmed their participation in OTW 2020 (which was scheduled for January 2021) will be given 4 individual slots (slots cannot be transferred to others)

Participation format:

This is a solo event (if participants choose to have support on the trail, they must follow social distancing measures and adhere to the gathering ban). Participants will also have more flexibility in terms of which section(s) of the trail (which runs between Pak Tam Chung, Sai Kung, and Tai Tong, Yuen Long) they would like to tackle.

Fee:

Free of charge

Donation:

No minimum fundraising donation (however, participants are most welcome to fundraise for Oxfam)

Event Format:

Participants must choose from one of the following formats:

OPTION 1: IN ONE GO
Participants can choose to complete the 100 km within 48 hours (in one go).
Route:
Start from the Pak Tam Chung P.H.A.B. Site in Sai Kung and finish at Tai Tong Barbecue Area in Yuen Long.

OTW Virtually Together Full Course

OPTION 2: MULTIPLE GOES
Participants can complete the trail in multiple goes (four tries max) to complete the four sections in the following number of hours of the 100 km route. 
Section 1: Pak Tam Chung P.H.A.B. Site in Sai Kung to Kei Ling Ha (complete within 17 hours)
Section 2: Kei Ling Ha to Tai Po Road (complete within 14 hours)
Section 3: Tai Po Road to Route Twisk (complete within 10 hours)
Section 4: Route Twisk to Tai Tong Barbecue Area (complete within 7 hours)

OPTION 3: CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE
Complete any distance.
Participants who choose this option are not required to complete the whole trail or section but need to start at the Pak Tam Chung P.H.A.B. Site, Kei Ling Ha, Tai Po Road or Route Twisk. You can stop anywhere.

Registration period:

Today to 15 January 2021

Application method:

Participants can apply via the link in OHK’s email which was sent out on 23 December 2020

Participants who are not in Hong Kong:

Participants who are not in Hong Kong can choose to do any of the following between 8 February and 7 March 2021: complete any 100 km route within 48 hours, or do so in multiple goes (four tries max). Alternatively, participants can also choose to complete any distance of their choosing. After the completing the section(s) of your choice, please send your time and distance record to OHK for approval; we will then email an e-certificate to you. To collect your souvenir, please ask your relatives or friends in Hong Kong for help, or notify us so we can post it to you.

Personal health tips

  1. Perform hand hygiene frequently, especially before touching your mouth, nose or eyes, after touching items/surfaces frequently touched by others (e.g. doorknobs), or when hands are contaminated by respiratory secretion after coughing or sneezing.
  2. Wash hands with liquid soap and water, and rub for at least 20 seconds. Then rinse with water and dry. If hand washing facilities are not available, or when hands are not visibly soiled, use a alcohol-based hand rub with at least 70 to 80 per cent alcohol.
  3. Cover your nose and mouth with tissue paper when sneezing or coughing. Do not spit or litter. Use tissue paper to hold your spit. Dispose of the soiled tissues into a lidded rubbish bin, and then wash hands thoroughly.
  4. Bring surgical masks, tissue paper and an alcohol-based hand sanitiser (with at least 70 to 80 per cent alcohol) with you.
  5. If you have a fever or respiratory symptoms, do not participate in the event and seek medical advice promptly.
  6. Remove and dispose of masks safely and properly. Do not leave them on the trail.
  7. Buy an insurance plan that covers COVID-19 if needed, and thoroughly read through the terms and conditions.
  8. Avoid touching animals (including wild boars, monkeys, poultry / birds or their droppings).
  9. Keep a distance of at least 1 metre from others as much as possible.

Safety Guidelines

All participants are required to sign a disclaimer during the registration period. Participants agree to not hold OHK or any sponsor / supporting organisation responsible for circumstances of, but not limited to, death, injury or damage to or loss of personal property. Please refer to the full version of the disclaimer by clicking here

Participants are also strongly advised to purchase insurance at their own expense.

Please click here to refer to the Country Park Hiking Safety Guidelines from AFCD.

Suggested Checklist

EssentialsFood and BeverageElectronic AppliancesHiking EquipmentClothing Accessories
ID Card / PassportHigh-energy snacks (e.g. glucose tablets, chocolate)Fully charged mobile phone / SmartwatchHiking poleWindbreaker / Rain jacket 
Cash (a reasonable amount) / Octopus cardSufficient waterSpare phone batteries / 
External battery pack
Spare clothesBlankets, sleeping bags or warm clothes
First aid kit (e.g. insoles or blister pads)Reusable bottle / Cup / Container / UtensilsTorch / HeadlampSpare socks Ventilable sun hat with brim / Umbrella
Whistle (in case of an emergency) Spare bulbs and batteries Sunblock
Towels / Tissue   Maps
Mosquito repellent    

 

Recording Your Results:

To take part in Oxfam Trailwalker – Virtually Together, participants must install TrailMe, which will track participants’ time and distance along the trail.

Participants can also invite family and friends (who also need to download the app) to join her/him online while s/he is walking the trail. This will create a sense of solidarity among the participants and their supporters.

In late January, we, Oxfam Hong Kong (OHK), will ask participants to install the app and create an account. The user guide and more detailed instructions will be uploaded to the Event website in early February.

Participants who are interested can try downloading and creating an account now via the link below:
Apple: https://apps.apple.com/app/id1476539277
Android:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.uhey.trailme

  • Step 1:     Install the app (please refer to the links above)
  • Step 2:     Create an account (please note that your email must be the same as the one you provided OHK and cannot be duplicated)
  • Step 3:     Register for the Oxfam Trailwalker – Virtually Together event (the event will be open for registration in early February)

Please note that as this is a newly developed app, it is only available in English. 

During the event period, participants can use their own smartwatch as a timing device and route tracker, however, OHK’s official records will be based on TrailMe’s records. OHK reserves the right to make all final decisions.

Souvenirs

Event FormatE-certificateTowelGift PackReusable face mask
(Lockill brand)
IN ONE GO 
100 km in one go within 48 hours
Certificate will say ‘Completed 100 km in one go’ and show your finishing time111
MULTIPLE GOES 
100 km in multiple goes (4 tries max)
Certificate will say ‘Completed 100 km in multiple goes’ 111
CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE
Complete any distance 
Participants will receive a Participation Certificate11N/A
Participants who are not in Hong KongParticipants will receive a Participation Certificate11N/A


A gift pack with 3 randomly picked OTW or Oxfam Hong Kong (OHK) souvenirs (non-exchangeable).

Oxfam Trailwalker Virtually Together giftpacks

What is the purpose of the event?
This year has been a challenging one for us all, especially the poor. Oxfam's poverty alleviation path is even more challenging. Although we were not able to meet you all on the trail this year, we have hope and know that we will overcome these challenges together.

In view of COVID-19, we have planned a more flexible OTW which offers participants more options in terms of the format. Let us continue to persevere, walk for a good cause and fight poverty!

How can I participate in the event?
Registered teams that have confirmed their participation in OTW 2020 (which was scheduled for January 2021) will be given four individual slots (slots cannot be transferred to others). To register, click the link in the email we sent out on 23 December 2020.

How much is the registration fee?
Oxfam Trailwalker – Virtually Together is a free event.

What is the format of the event?
There are three formats participants can choose from:

OPTION 1: IN ONE GO
Participants can choose to complete the 100 km within 48 hours (in one go).
Route:
Start from the Pak Tam Chung P.H.A.B. Site in Sai Kung and finish at Tai Tong Barbecue Area in Yuen Long.

OPTION 2: MULTIPLE GOES
Participants can complete the four sections of the 100 km trail in multiple goes (four tries max).
Section 1: Pak Tam Chung P.H.A.B. Site in Sai Kung to Kei Ling Ha 
Section 2: Kei Ling Ha to Tai Po Road 
Section 3: Tai Po Road to Route Twisk 
Section 4: Route Twisk to Tai Tong Barbecue Area

OPTION 3: CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE
Complete any distance.
Participants who choose this option are not required to complete the whole trail or section but need to start at the Pak Tam Chung P.H.A.B. Site, Kei Ling Ha, Tai Po Road or Route Twisk. You can stop anywhere.

If I cannot join the event, can I transfer my quota to a friend?
Oxfam Trailwalker – Virtually Together is not a team event, can be completed anytime between 8 February and 7 March 2021 and has a flexible format. Since participants are not limited by others’ schedules or the format, they are not allowed to transfer their quota to others. 

Will OHK provide any support to participants during the event?
Oxfam Trailwalker – Virtually Together is designed to be a ‘self-support’ event. As such, participants will have to make their own arrangements to complete the event. OHK will not provide any support such as, food, water, transportation, medical support or emergency rescue services during the event. 

All participants are required to sign a disclaimer during the registration period. Participants agree to not hold OHK or any sponsor / supporting organisation responsible for circumstances of, but not limited to, death, injury or damage to or loss of personal property. Please refer to the full version of the disclaimer by clicking here

Participants are also strongly advised to purchase insurance at their own expense.

Participants should also keep a close eye on COVID-19’s latest developments and be conscious about prevention measures, weather changes, transportation, the trail, their health condition, etc. Please also keep your family and friends updated when hiking.

Can I arrange my own support stations along the way?
If participants choose to have support on the trail, they must follow the Prevention and Control of Disease (Prohibition on Group Gathering) Regulation (the Regulation) (Cap.599G) and Cap. 599I Prevention and Control of Disease (Wearing of Mask) Regulation, while also keeping a safe distance.

Is there a minimum donation requirement for Oxfam Trailwalker – Virtually Together? How can I submit?
There is no minimum donation requirement for the event, however, if you would like to raise funds to support OHK’s work, you can use your OTW 2020 team page to collect donations. Please remind your sponsor(s) to choose your name under the team and we will issue the donation receipt to those who donate over HK$100. 
Please be reminded that these donations will be for OTW 2020; donations cannot be transferred or carried forward to OTW 2021. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.


I live overseas. Can I join Oxfam Trailwalker – Virtually Together?
Participants who are not in Hong Kong can choose to do any of the following between 8 February and 7 March 2021: complete any 100 km route within 48 hours, or do so in multiple goes (four tries max). Alternatively, participants can also choose to complete any distance of their choosing. After the completing the section(s) of your choice, please send your time and distance record to OHK for approval; we will then email an e-certificate to you. To collect your souvenir, please ask your relatives or friends in Hong Kong for help, or notify us so we can post it to you.

What souvenirs are available?

Event FormatE-certificateTowelGift PackReusable face mask
(Lockill brand)
IN ONE GO 
100 km in one go within 48 hours
Certificate will say ‘Completed 100 km in one go’ and show your finishing time111
MULTIPLE GOES 
100 km in multiple goes (4 tries max)
Certificate will say ‘Completed 100 km in multiple goes’ 111
CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE
Complete any distance 
Participants will receive a Participation Certificate11N/A
Participants who are not in Hong KongParticipants will receive a Participation Certificate11N/A

There will be three souvenirs in the Gift Pack. More details to follow.

How can I collect the souvenirs?
Details to be announced by email.

If I can raise a certain amount for Oxfam Trailwalker – Virtually Together, will I be given registration priority or a team slot in OTW 2021 (19-21 November)? 
Oxfam Trailwalker – Virtually Together is an independent event. Participants will not be given registration priority or a team slot in OTW 2021. If you would like to join OTW 2021, please refer to the option that your team chose or visit our website in May 2021 for enrolment details. 


If I give up my Oxfam Trailwalker – Virtually Together quota, can I carry my quota forward to OTW 2021 (19-21 November)?
Oxfam Trailwalker – Virtually Together is an independent event. Participants who give up their Oxfam Trailwalker – Virtually Together slot cannot transfer or keep the quota for OTW 2021 (19-21 November). 


What about my OTW 2019 and OTW 2020 registration fee and donation? Can I ask for a refund?
Participants can refer to the option that their team chose or click below category for details. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Contact Us

Hong Kong Office 

17/F, China United Centre, 28 Marble Road, North Point, Hong Kong

(852) 2520 2525otwinfo@oxfam.org.hk