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Brooklyn’s Cornerstore pub to host Oxfam fundraiser

Mar 13th, 2013 | By | Category: Editor's Picks, Front Page Layout, Latest News

BROOKLYN’S ‘Cornerstore Crawlers’ aim to walk 100 kilometres and raise $2000 for Oxfam.

Cornerstore bar co-owner Janelle Cowie (26), above,  is one of the Cornerstore Crawler team who plan to take part in the Oxfam Trailwalker two-day event at Lake Taupo on 6-7 April.

This Friday (15 March) her bar is hosting a pre-walk fundraiser night, beginning at 7pm with a quiz.

“I just like getting behind a good cause,” Janelle says. “It’s myself and three of the locals who come to drink here.”

The other members of the Cornerstore Crawler team are Ryan Chard, Jude Westamacott and David Baker.

Janelle says she dragged her partner Ryan (25) into it, but the PhD student says he is pretty happy to get out there and do something.

The Oxfam Trailwalkers Charity fundraiser night will feature the Ed Zucollo Trio and there will be an auction of local products.

Auction prizes include a family pack from United Video in Brooklyn, items from the Cornerstore’s own suppliers such as Black Dog Brewery, personal training sessions from Wild Workouts and the biggest prize of the evening, a weekend away for two on the Kapiti Coast.

“Five dollars spared towards Oxfam, it all goes a really long way,” says Janelle.  “It will be awesome to get over our target; that would be so fantastic.”

The Cornerstore Crawlers have already collected donations of about $900.

The team are novices, says Janelle, but they are preparing by going for hour-long walks.

Ryan is not too concerned about his fitness level, though, having recently competed in a marathon.

“We’ve got a couple of dark horses, Jude and Dave,” Ryan says, “but I don’t think we are going to be in a real race for it.”

Janelle’s experience in voluntary work overseas and with organisations like Oxfam has led to an interest in charity work within the community.

“We are definitely shooting for the stars, and let’s be honest, walking 100km is not going to be easy,” she says.

Online donations can be made through the Oxfam website:

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