How much do we have to fundraise?
As a condition of participation, the amount is at least 120,000 JPY. Later on you may choose to increase your commitment.
Why a minimum amount? Surely as a charity you should simply be grateful for whatever we raise?
We are enormously grateful when people give a donation and expect nothing in return. And whilst we are equally appreciative that you are interested in taking part, in this case you should naturally expect a well organized event in return for the time and energy you put into the project and this costs some money to get right.
Your reservation and confirmation fees help meet these costs. The remainder forms part of the overall value of the funds you raise. As a charity we have a responsibility to your and our supporters to ensure that the funds they donate are used as effectively as possible. Ultimately, the funds invested in the event need to earn a good return so we ask you to commit to raising a certain amount in return for the experience you will receive.
Completing Oxfam Trailwalker is a phenomenal achievement and it should have a fundraising target to match. We encourage you to approach your fundraising in the same spirit of adventure as undertaking the physical challenge. We believe that the difference you can make to the lives of the world's poorest people gives a real purpose to your participation in the event. It is this that makes the whole exercise worthwhile.
For 25 years of Trailwaker history, average funds is about 300,000 JPY (US$2,500).
Please also bear in mind that the total is raised by a team of at least four people, so it actually breaks down to 30,000 JPY per person. It is worth also considering that once your sponsors truly understand the enormity of what you are undertaking, they will be extraordinarily generous. For instance your friends, relatives, neighbours and colleagues.
Finally, more than anything, Oxfam really wants you to succeed at this part of the challenge. Whilst we cannot do your fundraising for you, we can help. We will provide lots of practical guidance, useful support materials and inspiring encouragement, as well as feedback in terms of the kind of difference you are helping make happen. When they look back on all they accomplished on Oxfam Trailwalker, for many participants, their proudest achievement is how much they were able to help others.
Are the Reservation Deposit and Registration Fee in the fundraising total? How much of the funds we raise actually goes to helping poor people?
No - this money helps cover the administration and organizational costs of the event. Your fundraising total is in addition to this. Like all forms of fundraising, an event like Oxfam Trailwalker does incur costs. However, as stated above, your team's registration fee helps cover the organisational expenses. The remainder of these costs does form part of the overall value of the funds you raise.
Will you report the usage of the contribution to the individual (team sponsor) who donates it to the team?
The usage of the collected contribution will be reported in our reports, which will be uploaded on our website after the event. Please inform the sponsors about the organization based on this report. Registering for the e-mail magazine will be more helpful for further information.
What happens if we don't reach our fundraising target?
Fundraising is an integral part of the Oxfam Trailwalker challenge and it is a good idea to consider this aspect of the event thoroughly right from the start.
If your fundraising does not go as well as you had hoped, however, please contact us. We can't do your fundraising for you, but we can help. And the earlier you let us know, the more we can assist you.