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Curious if this is someone I can spend the rest of my life with?

Come experience Oxfarm Trailwalker, where romance blooms!

Oliver and Hye-soo found true love while taking part in Oxfam Trailwalker.
Listen to their story! 
 
2018 Oxfam trailwalker at the finishline! (YOO Dong-geun, Kevin, Oliver, Lee Hye-soo)

Q1. Team Name
Hi, this is Lee Hye-soo of team “‘Seoul Gaels, go together!’ Our leader Oliver works at the Combined Forces Command policy planning division. He’s been living in Seoul for over 7 years. He’s favorite Korean line: We Go Together! In Korean of course. And that has become our team name. We completed the 2018 Oxfam Trailwalker together and now he is my husband :)

Q2. Congratulations! So Oxfam Trailwalker brought you together?
I knew him before taking part in Oxfam Trailwalker together. But while participating in it, we grew closer. I knew about the event in 2017, but I was so under-prepared. No team, no funds, nothing! I covered the 10km course but there were a lot of regrets. In 2018, I asked my boyfriend, Oliver to take on the challenge with me.
 
Q3. How did you find your teammates for the 100km course?
That was the hard part! Some teammates suddenly bailed after realizing it’s 100km not 10km. Some cancelled last minute due to scheduling conflicts. I even turned to grade school mates for the first time in 30 years. They all said no when they heard the number 100km!

Thankfully, Kevin who is with Seoul Gaels and quite the athlete jumped in. (Oliver is the coach for the Seoul Gaels mens squad) I needed one more, but I couldn’t find one. Then it struck me. Surely there are others who want to take part in the event, having a hard time finding teammates, just like me! So I asked around and found one person in the same predicament as mine. We made it just in time, right before the registration period ended!

Q4. What’s the secret to reaching fundraising target so quickly?
The strong support of my family and Seoul Gaels. The reason why our team is named ‘Seoul Gaels, go together 1’ is because everything was made possible thanks largely to the support of Seoul Gaels sports club members. They eagerly provided donation in groups and some even asked about participating in Oxfam Trailwalker themselves next year. So we will be forming ‘Seoul Gaels, go together 2 and 3 soon.
 
 

*  Seoul Gaels sports club is formed to play gaelic football. Players come from all walks of life, with various occupations. They are committed and even managed to record 2 straight wins in the Asian Cup Tournament held in Thailand last year. Gaelic football is an Irish national sport where you can use both hands and feet.
 
Q5. Any special memories from participating in Oxfam Trailwalker?
I remember a special friend I made among the Oxfam Trailwalker staff. 100km is not easy. And when going against strong winds, climbing steep steps, you wonder “Maybe I should stop now” many times. But every time I hit a wall, Yoo Dong-geun rallied me on, by holding my hand and providing moral support. I wouldn’t have been able to complete it if it weren’t for Yoo. It reminded me that in life, you are extremely fortunate if you chance upon that someone special that reach out and lend a helping hand in times of despair, without any preconditions attached.

Q6. Team leader Olliver! What would you tell those who have cold feet?
If you want to test if your partner is someone you can trust and lean on for the rest of your life. Oxfam Trailwalker is a great experience that will open your eyes to how strong your bond is and how closer you can grow together. Try it! Go for the 100km! The journey will answer a lot of questions, especially about your compatibility. I was actually planning to propose to Hye-soo when we reach the finishline. But we were in no condition to make or accept such romantic gestures by the time we completed the course. Now that we’re married, I’m looking forward to taking on any new course with her.