A pioneering Roscrea man who completed a 100k walk, helped raise E3,354 for charity in Spain through anti- poverty campaigners Oxfam.
Steve Carroll proved himself to be “the greatest and fastest fundraiser I‘ve ever,” says his team mate Víctor Rodríguez Calzada.
Steve recently took part Trailwalker, “most likely the greatest charity team walk of the world,” according to organisers. The four member of every team walk/run 100km in less than 32 hours.
The members of the team must remain together at all times. Spanish Trailwalker is the equivalent of Irish Trailtrekker, which took place on June 7th on two shorter distances: 25k or 50k. The goal is to fight poverty and injustice around the world. Teams undertake to commit all proceeds to Oxfam Intermón, the Spanish branch of Oxfam. Funding goes to Oxfam projects all over the world, from South America to the Horn of Africa, where women and young girls have to walk many kms a day to carry water to their villages. Project “Water Bank” consists of building wells, installing pipes and sanitation facilities in order to make their lives a bit easier. Madrid Trailwalker took place on July 5th, in Guadarrama mountain range and Lozoya valley, 80km north of Madrid city. Some 139 teams took part in the walk, including Steve’s team “Un Paso Más” (one step further/one step). In less than a month, and thanks to his family and friends in Roscrea and all over Ireland, Steve raised most of the J3,354 that his team currently have. Donations are still very welcome! Mr Carroll led an international team drawn from across Europe (see photo), despite the scorching heat (28C), steep slopes (as high as 1,734m above sea level), blisters, aches and pains. “Steve Carroll showed no flaws and proved himself extremely fit,” added Mr Calzada. “He also showed his truly caring side for us strugglers. Steve’s team crossed the finish line after 27 days of walking. I couldn’t be more grateful to Mr. Carroll. He couldn’t be more committed to the Oxfam cause, to fight poverty and injustice all over the world.”