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LIV President's Blog 2012

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What goes around...

What goes around...

As young lawyers we have the drive, passion and ability to 'give back' to the community in a variety of ways. This year the Young Lawyers Section aims to unite and surpass any previous efforts in giving back to charitable organisations. As Young Lawyers President for 2013, I'd like to share my latest endeavour and encourage all young lawyers to get involved in charitable work...You know what they say about Karma???

My challenge
I had the privilege of participating in the Oxfam Trailwalk 2013 which took place from 19 April to 21 April 2013.  For those of you who are unaware, this gruelling event involves a 100km trek through sometimes rugged terrain in teams of four from Jells Park, Wheelers Hill to Wesburn Park. While teams officially have 48 hours to complete the event and hence sleeping is an option, a large proportion of teams (including my own) walked through the night.
 
For a great cause
By this point, you may be thinking – who is crazy enough to put themselves through this event? It’s a fair question. And the answer lies in the title of the event. All money raised by teams goes directly to Oxfam to assist them in their important work fighting poverty.  Close to 3000 walkers (or just over 700 teams) took part this year raising almost $2.5 million (and counting).
 
Apart from the satisfaction of assisting Oxfam in its fight against poverty, I personally got so much out of the event. Being a team event you are working with your fellow members to reach each checkpoint – which can be really tough when it is dark and cold at 3:30am in the middle of the bush. It was a special sense of achievement when we passed that finish line knowing that, without each other, we would never have been able to complete the trailwalk.
 
Young lawyers unite
Similarly, it makes me proud as a young lawyer to see other young lawyers unite in raising money for important causes. Last year the LIV Young Lawyers section raised close to $50,000 for various charities.  This year money has already been raised for organisations such as The Stride Foundation and the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre. More money is set to be raised for Hanover Welfare Services when the annual LIV & Hanover Mooting Competition takes place in June and July. All of these organisations do fantastic work in the community and deserve our support – and it is so pleasing to see young lawyers contribute their time and money in supporting these charities.
 
Get involved

I certainly encourage young lawyers to participate in the Oxfam Trailwalk 2014. While a lot of preparation and training is required (including ensuring that you don’t forget essential items such as gloves and a head torch for that 3:30am walking section – yes there were unfortunate people who fell into that camp), I am confident that it will be an experience that you will never forget and you will cherish the sense of achievement that you will receive when you pass that finish line. And not to mention the invaluable support that you will be giving to Oxfam to continue their important work. Being young lawyers, I am sure you will be up to the challenge should you choose to accept it!
 
*Oxfam is a fantastic organisation and if you are interested, further information regarding its charitable activities can be found at Oxfam online. Similarly please see Stride, Asylum Seekers Resource Centre and Hanover for further information.
 
Are there any additional charities that you would like the Young Lawyers’ Section to support in 2014?
 
Cameron Forbes is the YLS President and a lawyer at King & Wood Mallesons. He can be contacted at younglaw@liv.asn.au.
 

 
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