Meet our volunteers, insane enough to take on the Oxfam Trail Walk!

Meet our volunteers, insane enough to take on the Oxfam Trail Walk!

Oxfam provides vital work around the world and enables the people they help to bring about positive change in their lives. They promote education, ensure access to clean water, help to develop teaching skills to grow food and encourage people to fight for their rights. A 100km is the least we can do..

Morgan McKinley will also be moving towards completing the MMK Million challenge, Morgan McKinley’s global initiative to raise €1 million by 2018 as an organisation; in turn improving the lives of those around us and in our communities.

Lauren

Why are you participating in the Oxfam Trailwalker? Oxfam does amazing work across the globe, fighting poverty and injustice and to able to contribute to that in a big way is great feeling. Aside from that, this is a huge personal challenge, and that feeling of crossing that finish line will be second to none!

What is your role at Morgan McKinley? Office Manager

What is your biggest fear about the event? Leeches!

What are you most looking forward to? That feeling when we cross that finish line!

Have you ever participated in anything like this before and do you have a strategy to complete it? About 5 years ago I walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain, where we were covering approximately 30km a day over 5 days, but the terrain is entirely different to what we are walking here! From memory, the hardest thing is the fatigue in your legs and the blisters! So my plan is to pace myself and go prepared!

What’s something most people wouldn’t know about you? I was actually born in the UK and lived there for 11 years...But don't tell anyone! I'm still a Kiwi at heart!

What is your nickname? Loz, Lozza, Lozza-tron...

What hidden talent do you have? I can quote the entirety of the movie "Love Actually".

Lucy

What is your role at Morgan McKinley? Consultant - Project Delivery.

What are you most looking forward to? The end, the feeling of crossing the finish line will be incredible.

Have you ever participated in anything like this before and do you have a strategy to complete it? Nope and nope. I'm more of a short and sharp workout girl. Having walked a couple of sections of the walk and talked to a few survivors; the toughest aspect of the challenge will be mental. That and the blisters. My strategy would be to avoid sitting down for longer than ten minutes at each stop point in case my legs seize up.

What are your favourite activities? Pretty much anything that involves: being outdoors, eating or being on a dance floor. Or karaoke.

What’s something most people wouldn’t know about you? I once absolutely nailed 'sex is on fire' on karaoke with Alan Shearer.

What is your favourite food that you’re most looking forward to after the walk? Pizza. Nachos. CHEESE. Anything with cheese on.

What hidden talent do you have? Not so secret anymore but I'm a dab hand at restoring furniture and nothing makes me as happy as taking something unloved and making it look brand new. I also love writing, and have been attempting to write a book for the past year.

Where is your favourite holiday destination? Greece. A gorgeous little island called Lefkas.

Kirstine

Why are you participating in the Oxfam Trailwalker? The Oxfam trail walker seemed like the perfect challenge to take on which would enable us to (hopefully) raise a lot of money and put a large dent in Sydney’s Morgan McKinley Million target - although I did think we were only doing 50km when I signed up!

What is your role at Morgan McKinley? Talent Acquisition - internal recruitment for MMK

What is your biggest fear about the event? Not completing it or being beaten to the finish line by the boys!

What are you most looking forward to? The girls beating the boys to the finish line! Two days after the event knowing that it's over, seeing the total amount we have raised and regaining feeling in my legs.

Have you ever participated in anything like this before and do you have a strategy to complete it? Never. A couple of years ago I’d never walked or ran further then 10km. I did complete the Sydney half marathon last year, but I’ve learned from our training walks that the two events don’t compare so I think this will be as much of a mental challenge as a physical one.

Favourite activities? Eating and looking at food on Instagram, then going to the gym so I can eat more food. The cycle continues...

What’s something most people wouldn’t know about you? I was born in Essex and had the accent till I was 9 years old. (Un)fortunately, I lost it for a Scottish one! I also have a horse called Sophie.

Who is the person most likely to cry during the event? Probably my Mum till she knows I've crossed the finish line.

Rebecca

What is your role at Morgan McKinley? Consultant - Project Delivery

What is your biggest fear about the event? Leeches, snakes, birds and spiders. Basically, any wildlife in general.

What are you most looking forward to? The finish line and being welcomed by our support team at every stop of point with snacks!

Have you ever participated in anything like this before and do you have a strategy to complete it? Nothing this challenging! The only strategy I have at the minute is to walk as much as I can before the event. On the weekend of the actual event I just need to keep a positive mental attitude and make sure I have enough food to last me 100k.

What is your favourite food that you’re most looking forward to after the walk? Roast pork with crackling and a large glass of red!

What is your nickname? Baller or Coops

Where is your favourite holiday destination? Iceland

Who is the person most likely to cry during the event? Lucy

Jack

Why are you participating in the Oxfam Trailwalker? Supporting a fantastic cause, it also offers me a great opportunity to push myself to the limit in regards to determination and physicality.

What is your role at Morgan McKinley? Consultant – Analytics

What is your biggest fear about the event? Not finishing

What are you most looking forward to? It's my birthday during the walk, so probably the pick me up cake that my friends are definitely going to organise!

Have you ever participated in anything like this before and do you have a strategy to complete it? Nothing as daunting as this, key focus DON'T STOP.

What’s something most people wouldn’t know about you? I have enormous calves... jokes everyone knows

What hidden talent do you have? I used to pull Tug of War competitively and once pulled for the England under 18's team at the world championships.

Who is the person most likely to cry during the event? I'll have a little cry when I cross the line!

James

Why are you participating in the Oxfam Trailwalker? The MMK Million inspired me to do something challenging, to achieve a personal goal whilst raising money for a worthwhile charity. From my worryingly limited research, the 100km Oxfam Trailwaker ticks the box.

What is your role at Morgan McKinley? Consultant – Finance

What is your biggest fear about the event? Rock climbing, both up and down the hills, during practice quickly realised it's not just your average walk!

What are you most looking forward to? Actually looking forward to it in a bizarre way, the scenery is breathtaking and it's a great advert for New South Wales and its countryside. On top of this obviously, the sense of achievement when we cross the finish line.

Have you ever participated in anything like this before and do you have a strategy to complete it? I can't imagine I'll be doing this again, surely a one off! Strategy is to power on, encourage, have a laugh, a sing-song, anything to take the pain away from the lower back and calves! Also not to fall over.

What’s something most people wouldn’t know about you? I worked at the British School in Athens for 3 months. (Used) to be able to read and converse in Ancient Greek, now better at eating Moussaka.

What hidden talent do you have? I’m part of the Lotus on Track Driving Group and have taken part in track days across the UK; Silverstone, Donington Park, Thruxton, Brands Hatch etc. So I’m used to going a bit quicker than this walk!

Where is your favourite holiday destination? Tokyo or anywhere you can ski!

Who is the person most likely to cry during the event? All 4 of our team

Oliver

What is your role at Morgan McKinley? Manager – Commerce and Industry Finance

What is your biggest fear about the event? Not sleeping

Have you ever participated in anything like this before and do you have a strategy to complete it? I completed the 3 peaks challenge in the UK, which needed to be done in 24 hours however this is definitely going to be harder.

What are your favourite activities? Playing football and watching Netflix

What’s something most people wouldn’t know about you? I have a pair of Converse for every day of the week

What is your favourite food that you’re most looking forward to after the walk? Sunday dinner

What hidden talent do you have? I know the lyrics to every song that has ever been played on Smooth FM.

Where is your favourite holiday destination? America

Tom

Why are you participating in the Oxfam Trailwalker? It’s an opportunity to take on something I enjoy doing and challenge myself to the extreme.

What is your role at APD? Senior Account Director

What is your biggest fear about the event? 30 hours of continuous conversation

What are your favourite activities? Love my outdoors particularly cricket and getting out to see all the sport available in Sydney

What’s something most people wouldn’t know about you? Completely by accident I’ve managed to be the owner of the Facebook page for Geoffrey Boycott (English Cricketer)…every week or so I get messages from people telling me their past with him.

What is your favourite food that you’re most looking forward to after the walk? Aiming to have a Crust pizza delivered to the finish line

What is your nickname? Pud(ding) after the enormous love for desserts

Who is most likely to cry during the event? I’m sure all the boys in a manly embrace at the finish line

Oxfam Trail Walk Team

Donations

This is going to be a real challenge, both mentally and physically and we would really appreciate any donations to the cause. A click on either of our teams will lead you to the donation page, pick from either the girls or the boys; Morgan McKinley Diamonds or Morgan McKinley Dynamos!!! 

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Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist
kforrester@morganmckinley.com.au