Their team name may be S.C.A.M., but their mission was anything but that when Sule (Arnautovic), Craig (Perring), Andrew (Spring) and Matthew (Ward) – hence the team acronym – trekked 100 kilometres to raise money for Oxfam.
The boys from Jirsch Sutherland‘s Sydney office, Sule and Andrew, joined forces with friends Craig and Matthew to complete the Oxfam Trailwalker Trek from Parsley Bay (Brooklyn Marina) to Tania Park in Balgowlah Heights on August 19. Their initial mission was to raise $10,000 for Oxfam.
Oxfam work with disadvantaged communities around the world, helping people to create their own sustainable solutions to poverty through education, access to clean water, farming skills and rights advocacy.
Sule and Andrew were well prepared to cope with the physically and emotionally gruelling trek, having walked the Kokoda Trail last year for V.O.T.S.A. (Veterans off the Streets Australia).
Team S.C.A.M. were among 460 teams of four that walked through beautiful, rugged bushland from the Hawkesbury River to Sydney Harbour. The event raised more than $2.1 million, with S.C.A.M. contributing a healthy $15,941 (eighth highest fundraisers for the event). They also finished in an impressive 68th place (in the top 45 of teams who completed as a group of four) after completing the trek in 27 hours and eight minutes. It is worthwhile noting that only 35% of groups that embarked on the trek completed it as a group of four.
Watch this space to see what challenging (and charitable) scheme the S.C.A.M. boys take on next.