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  1. 1. Information Session
  2. 2. Agenda ● Introducing the IVGBen & Joe ● What is the Yamathon?Joe ● Wheres my money going?Ben ● Getting ready, being prepared, being safe.Wan ● Keeping it social and getting sponsored.Linden
  3. 3. Who are the IVG?
  4. 4. ● International Volunteer Group● Support Oxfam Japan● English-speaking volunteers● Organise events in and around Tokyo
  5. 5. Regular Events ● Awareness Workshops● Pub Quizzes
  6. 6. Other Events ● Sea-to-Summit● Halloween Party
  7. 7. What is the Yamathon?
  8. 8. The idea behind the event● Large scale event bringing two communities together● Sea to Summit Challenge● Perseverance & belief
  9. 9. November 2010 110 people, 29 teams129,000 yen raised for Oxfam Japan
  10. 10. April 2011 355 people, 100 teams1,027,501 yen raised for Oxfam Japan
  11. 11. The Challenge● Visit all 29 stations of the Yamanote line in one day.● Photograph your team in front of every station● Try and finish in less than 12 hours● A brisk walking pace, and a few rest breaks● The overall course is approximately 45km.● There is a map available which suggests a route, but teams are encouraged to plan their own course.● Navigating for yourself is part of the challenge!
  12. 12. Why take part?● How well do you know Tokyo?● Take it at your own pace● Choose your own path & find new friends on the way!● Great team building exercise● Beautiful November● The Unexpected...
  13. 13. The Unexpected
  14. 14. Wheres my money going?
  15. 15. How much is it?● 7000 yen per team.● For a team of 4 thats only 1,750yen each● 6000 yen donation to Oxfam Japan.● 1000 yen to cover extra costs. ○ Paypal transfer fee ○ Event insurance for each team member.
  16. 16. The Situation● The worst drought in 60 years has hit Somalia hardest.● Political instability, as well as armed conflict, exacerbate the food supply problem.● The food crisis is expected to push up to 13million people into a fight for survival.● Because of the food crisis, refugees are streaming out of Somalia at a massive rate.● At the peak of the crisis 10,000 refugees were arriving each week into just one refugee camp.● Dabaab is now the worlds largest refugee camp, and the population is approaching 500,000 people.
  17. 17. Finishing Safely
  18. 18. Getting Ready ● Training is a good idea! ● Walk between stations on the Yamanote line. ● Maybe walk home from work. ● Practise urban navigationGoogle walking directions? Smartphone? ● Make sure to wear in any gear you are likely to use, especially shoes. ● If you are going to buy shoes, buy them now.blisters wont cause you to drop out, but theyll hurt!
  19. 19. What you need:Essential: ○ Comfortable shoes(dont use new shoes) ○ Running/hiking clothes(beware chafing!) ○ Spending money ○ Mobile phone ○ Small first aid kit / nurofen or similarRecommended: ○ Rain wear(anorak or lightweight raincoat) ○ Energy bars and food ○ Spare socks ○ Camel Pack (water reservoir) Wans slide 2
  20. 20. Safety during the event:● You are responsible for your own safety - use common sense at all times.● Its a team event for a reason, support each other.● You can run the event, but this is not a traditional marathon with a dedicated course.● This is an urban challenge so beware of urban obstacles! ○ Pedestrians ○ Bicycles ○ Cars - do NOT jaywalk, follow traffic signals
  21. 21. An Urban Obstacle
  22. 22. Having Fun!
  23. 23. Tips to make it fun and make money for Oxfam ● Get your friends involved ● Tell everyone you know ● Be proud of yourself! ● Support team ● Sponsorship
  24. 24. and when its all over..... THE AFTER PARTY!