Of 76 teams entered in a 100-km hike along trails south of Georgian Bay, only 29 completed the task intact, including a four-person team with three members of the UWindsor staff.
“By all accounts, this was the toughest Trailwalker to have been done in Ontario,” says Chris Busch, who joined Barb Gormley and fellow staffers Richard Taylor and Richard Hayes on the hike July 13 to 15, a fundraiser for the international development agency Oxfam.
Their team, dubbed “Barbie and the Barbarians,” finished 19th among those that completed the course, and raised 95 per cent of its $5,000 goal. In total, participants raised more than $310,000 in support of Oxfam.
“It’s truly an inspirational achievement and a great example of our staff making a impact on our community both domestically and internationally,” Busch says.
And even though the walk is over, the work isn’t, he adds. Any supporters wishing to make a donation may do so online through the team’s sponsorship page.