Goldman Sachs Competes in Oxfam India Trailwalker
Goldman Sachs participated in the annual 100-kilometer race from January 22 to 23 along the outskirts of Bengaluru.
Goldman Sachs employees come together every year as participants and volunteers to support Oxfam India. This year, 58 teams participated from the firm including the winning team, Seize the Day, which completed the trail in 14 hours and 54 minutes.
“The competition to race and raise funds motivates everyone, but what’s really energizing about the GS teams is seeing how they bring the best elements of the firm’s culture to the trail: leading by example, tackling the toughest challenges, a commitment to teamwork, and serving a higher purpose – in this case, making an impact in our community,” said Bunty Bohra, chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs Services in India and member of Trailwalker team GS United.
The Oxfam Trailwalker began as a training exercise for the Gurkha Regiment in Hong Kong in 1981 and has since become a fitness challenge that raises funds for marginalized communities around the world. The race requires teams of four to walk or run a 100-kilometer trail within 48 hours. This year, Oxfam also offered the option of a 50-kilometer trail to be covered in 24 hours.
The firm also launched the Oxfam Trailwalker Bengaluru Mentorship Program. The program, which began in November 2015, has veteran trailwalkers help participants prepare for the challenge.