The team had been training hard for months to be ready for the challenge of walking 100 kilometres in 30 hours for the good cause. The greatest fundraising challenge worldwide took place in Osterode, in the German Harz mountains. No less than 140 teams of four from all over Germany were standing at the starting line on Saturday 8th September, at 7.30 a.m. Among them, the Silly Walkers from AuPairWorld were eager to hit the road as well. Marius Kunze, Clarisse Couchoud, Chantal Quassolo and Jean-Baptiste Richard had laced up their walking shoes, knowing they could count on the help of their supporters, Claire Eckmann and Simon Ehrhardt.
The team had to pass a total of nine checkpoints. They did not sleep but kept hiking through the night with headlamps until Sunday. "In spite of our intensive training, we would have never made it without our great team spirit and our iron will", stated Chantal Quassolo. "We were immensely relieved and proud to pass the finishing line all together", Marius Kunze added. "It was a unique experience. I was deeply moved by the dedication of so many to a good cause", Claire Eckmann concluded.
Each team was to collect donations for Oxfam to be allowed at the start. The Silly Walkers from AuPairWorld raised a total amount of 3,242 euros for the charity organisation. The AuPairWorld operating company, a.n.d. Internet Services, contributed as well with a donation of 2,000 euros. In the end, a remarkable total of 372,875 euros was raised at the Oxfam Trailwalker Germany by all participating teams. The donations are invested by Oxfam in charity projects for women and children worldwide. Therefore, the Silly Walkers from AuPairWorld decided to walk under the motto "We 'd go miles for women's rights."
AuPairWorld has already supported various charity projects worldwide in the past: in 2010, the company committed itself to helping Haiti's and Pakistan's populations by supporting local emergency aid projects; in 2011, a fundraising campaign was organised for the refugee aid in East Africa. This time, the social commitment went hand in hand with a physical challenge.
AuPairWorld is the worldwide leading au pair agency on the Internet and offers the possibility to its users to find easily and by themselves an au pair or a host family. Since its foundation in 1999, 1.3 million persons have registered on its site. AuPairWorld is operated by a.n.d. Internet Services GmbH & Co. KG (a.n.d), a company based in Kassel, Germany. It employs 24 persons on a permanent basis. https://www.aupairworld.com
The Oxfam Trailwalker is organised each year since 2010 in the Osterode area, in the German Harz mountains. Meanwhile, the charity walk has been held 15 times in twelve countries worldwide. It started with the international trailwalker in Hong Kong, in 1986. All donations are invested by Oxfam Germany in charity projects. This year, the participating teams supported women and children in developing southern countries so as to allow them to gain access to health care and education.