Goldman Sachs Participates in Oxfam India Trailwalker

Goldman Sachs participated in the annual 100-kilometer Oxfam India Trailwalker from January 24 to 26, 2014 along the outskirts of Bangalore.

The firm’s 63 teams of four that registered for the 48-hour race completed a trail, crossing several hills and villages. Participants in the trailwalker, a significant physical and mental endurance challenge, engaged in fundraising efforts in support of Oxfam India.

The firm’s "Every Mile Counts" mixed team finished first out of 188 teams in the challenge, completing the required distance in just 15 hours, two minutes and 48 seconds. Goldman Sachs’ "Strutrats" team beat all other all-women teams in the trail.

“With Goldman Sachs teams representing one third of all participants and scores of additional Goldman Sachs employees providing support as official volunteers, I am proud that we are upholding the firm’s longstanding tradition of engaging at the highest level to give back to our community,” said Bunty Bohra, chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs Services in India.

The Oxfam Trailwalker, which started as a training exercise for the Gurkha Regiment in Hong Kong in 1981, has since become a global fundraising initiative for marginalized communities around the world. According to Oxfam India CEO Nisha Agrawal, Goldman Sachs participants’ contributions will enable Oxfam India to enhance women’s welfare in the country by providing education and public health services and reducing urban poverty.

“Thank you Goldman Sachs for your enthusiasm and energy for the trailwalker and your support for Oxfam India's work,” Agrawal said. “We are privileged and grateful for our partnership with you."

Goldman Sachs participates in the trailwalker each year to give back to the community, reinforce the firm’s commitment to wellness and fitness, and promote teamwork.

“We had a very strong and committed team that bonded well,” said Vaishali Kasture, head of Investment Management Operations in Bangalore and a member of Every Mile Counts. “The course was grueling and the sun unforgiving, but it was mind over body. All teams and their support crews committed their time and energy to such a noble cause.”