Mumbai based seafarers, and senior executives of world’s leading shipmanagement company, Anglo Eastern Group have formed a team, ‘Proud Mariners’ to participate in Oxfam Trailwalker in Lonavala near Mumbai, scheduled in December.
In an exclusive interaction with IndiaGB, the team members: Ranjit Narayanan, Deepak Correa, Sudipto Dasgupta, Vaishak Chavan said: “The time has come for all of us to ‘walk for education’. And we are ready to complete the ultimate team challenge. This is our chance to make a difference in someone’s life and we are proud to be participating in the Oxfam India Trailwalker. We are an all male team. Walking 100 Kms in 48 hours is a huge challenge, and we have completed the Trail during the 2014 Event. Our motto is: Train together, walk together and form a great team to raise funds for supporting girls’ education in India.
“Our philosophy aligns with PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Beti Padhaao’ mission. We have pledged to donate Rs 5 lakh towards supporting girl’s education through our initiative,” they added.
Oxfam Trailwalker, supported by Oxfam, is a popular event in India. Trailwalker is a global phenomena and the ultimate team challenge. A team of four walkers walk 100km in 48 hours to make a big difference in someone’s life. It is mandatory for each team to raise a minimum amount before starting the event and those funds are used by Oxfam India to reduce inequality.
Oxfam is marking its 66th year in India this year. In 1951, Oxfam Great Britain came to India during the Bihar famine to launch its first full-scale humanitarian response in a developing country. Over the past 64 years, Oxfam has supported civil society organizations across the length and breadth of the country. In 2008, all Oxfams working in India came together to form Oxfam India, a fully independent Indian organization (with Indian staff and an Indian Board), which is a member of a global confederation of 17 Oxfams.