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Story 4. 'Dadventurers' are coming!

'Dadventurers' are coming!
- Dadventurers' interview -
 

 
 
< Let's introduce 'Dadventurers' ! >

Rich Trevithick
From New Zealand. Science Teacher. Lives in Gwangju. Married to Sandy. Two daughters – Amelia (2 years old) and Juliana (6 months old).
 


J.J. Billet 
35 years old. From Nevada, USA. English Teacher. Lives in Gwangju. Married to Erica. Two children – Briony (daughter - 2 years old) and Griffin (son – 5 months old).


Rob McClure
47 years old. From Pennsylvania, USA. Associate Professor at Young-nam University. Lives in Daegu. Married to Ray. One daughter – Hannah (12).


Paul Whitacre
38 years old. From West Virginia, USA. English Instructor at Kyungil University. Lives in Daegu. Married to 윤정은 (Yun JungEun). Paul and his wife take care of their 18 year old niece  
 
 
 
Dad + Adventurer = Dadventurer
 
-  J.J. and Rich named the team. We are four Dads. We are all married with children. We are four Adventurers. We all love adventure (hiking, travel, camping, kayaking, fishing, motorcycle touring). Dad + Adventurer = Dadventurer.


2017 Oxfam Trailwalker, and new challenge in 2018
 
- Rich: I have participated in Oxfam Trailwalker Korea 2017. I was a member of the Mountain Kiwis team. We successfully finished in 34 hours and 47 minutes. This will be my second Oxfam Trailwalker event. The biggest difficulty for me was about 4am on Sunday morning – 60km. I was cold, tired, and suffering from 3 very bad blisters. I felt like I was slowing my team down. I wanted to quit. But I met my team at a check point, drank a hot coffee, and rested. Roger, my team mate, did some first aid on my blisters, and my attitude improved dramatically. When the sun rise came on Sunday morning, I was happy again, and still walking with my team. The best moment was crossing the finish line with my daughter Amelia. We held hands and walked the last 20 meters together. I will do the same thing this year! J.J., Rob, and Paul have never participated in Oxfam Trailwalker. This will be their first time.  



 
 
Spend busy days as a father & participant of 2018 Oxfam Trailwalker
 

    

- We all started training individually for Trailwalker in January. Training usually involves hiking 3 times a week. Typically, this includes 2 short hikes (5 – 10km) during the week and 1 long distance hike on weekends. For example, there is a mountain near my house in Gwangju that I hike up and down every Tuesday and Thursday evening – after my daughters have gone to sleep. Then every Saturday I will wake up at 5am, and spend the day completing a 20km, 30km, or 40km hike at a nearby mountain. Because I live in Gwangju, I often train on Mudeungsan mountain. I have also visited Gurye and walked 40km of this year’s Oxfam Trailwalker course. Rob has trained for, and run marathons in the past. He is following a similar plan to his marathon training. Last weekend (3/30 – 3/31) all 4 team members met in Gwangju to complete a team training hike. We started on Friday night at 9:30pm, and hiked 53km through Damyang-gun, Hwasun-gun, and Mudeungsan National Park. We finished in Gwangju City on Saturday at 6:30pm. 21 hours. It was very challenging and difficult training, but we bonded very well as a team. All team members helped each other along the course. For J.J. and I the biggest challenge has been finding time to train. As we both have very young children we must balance training with family responsibilities by making sure we spend quality time with our wives and children. My wife Sandy and I have a good system. I have all day Saturday to train for Trailwalker, then she has Sunday to do anything she likes, and I take care of our daughters. J.J. is finding that aspect a little difficult as he is also completing his MBA and his son Griffin has suffered from health problems. Paul and Rob have older children, so they have time to train.  



 


 
 

Q. What do you think about this event that you not only walk but also raise money for people who are suffering due to famine and conflicts between different countries ?

- We think that is a great concept that makes Oxfam Trailwalker a unique event to participate in. There are two challenges: Prepare for walking 100km, and fundraise for Oxfam. Telling friends and family about training for Trailwalker helps encourage them to donate too. We are all fathers with wives and children, so we have a lot of empathy towards families who are suffering due to poverty, disaster, or war. We all discussed how we would feel if OUR families were in that situation, and it is very distressing to think about. That motivates us to try and fundraise for Oxfam and walk 100km. So we can help other families like ours.  




Q. How did your team raise money for this event ?

- We haven’t done anything special apart from letting friends, family, and co-workers about Oxfam Trailwalker and what training we have been doing. We have used social media, such as Facebook, to promote our team and ask for donations. We have also conducted presentations to coworkers letting them know about Oxfam Trailwalker, the work of Oxfam, and how they can contribute by supporting our team.

 

  ※ Touching episode of raising money ※  

My Father-in-law, Will Combes, who lives in Ohio, USA, donated $1,000. He often makes donations to charities, and he is very supportive of our team, the Dadventurers. It was a surprise when I checked our team’s page and suddenly we had more than 1 million in donations. My wife knew that her father had donated the money, but she didn’t tell me. I was so shocked and surprised. I called him and thanked him. Our whole team was so thankful for his generosity.  
- Rich  

 
 What does this challenge (Oxfam Trailwalker) mean to each of you?

Rich
"It is a personal challenge that I can be proud to complete."

Rob 
"It's a great way to experience a new challenge and a great way to help those in need around the world."

J.J. 
"I wanted to try something I’d never done before and push myself beyond my comfort zone. I think Trailwalker is the perfect opportunity for that."

Paul
"This will be the most extensive hike I’ve ever done, so I’m looking forward to the personal challenge Oxfam Trailwalker will present."



What will you think of while you are walking 100km?
Rich: I’ll be thinking about my wife Sandy and 2 daughters – Amelia and Juliana.
Rob: I'll probably think as many positive thoughts as possible. I'll be thinking of those we'll be able to help around the world, my friends and family, my teammates, and whatever else to keep me going.
J.J: I’ll be thinking of my family and trying my best to block out exhaustion and negative thoughts.
Paul: I’ll be thinking of my 3 pet dogs.