Catie - Trek to Tackle Poverty In Sri Lanka

Catie Rizio | Melbourne VIC, Australia | Challenge

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Raised for a $2,500 target




days to go


In March next year (2020) I'll be embarking on a trip to Sri Lanka and trekking through the beautiful countryside to raise money for Oxfam's Sunrise Project; which works to support and empower women in Sri Lanka to lift themselves out of poverty through entrepreneurial projects.
I'm aiming to raise $2500 which will go towards trainging and supporting the people currently involved with the project. This is as much a campaign about women as it is about fighting hunger, ending discrimination and strengthening the economy of a developing country. If any of those appeal to you, please donate and make an impact on someone's life.


Supporting: Trek to Tackle Poverty Sri Lanka

Trek through Sri Lanka's unspoilt heartland on this 12-day journey, tackling poverty with Oxfam.   Spend six days on an immersive trek through the varied and vibrant hills of Sri Lanka. Travelling by foot, you'll experience the lush landscapes of this culturally rich country. Splash through fresh-water streams, wander among peaceful tea plantations and look out in awe as you stand on some of Sri Lanka's most breathtaking peaks.   Oxfam challenge events are more than an adventure; they are a once-in-a-lifetime chance to create change - in the world and in yourself. This is a unique opportunity to see Oxfam's work in the field and meet the people whose lives you've helped change.   You and Oxfam, tackling poverty together.


Catie R.
4 months ago

I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has made a donation so far. I am overwhelmed by your support and greatly appreciate your well wishes.
Please continue to share this with your friends and family and invite them to make a donation as well!

Catie R.
5 months ago


I thought I would give you a little bit more information about the SUNRISE project which is the focus of my trip to Sri Lanka and will be where my fundraising is directed.
The Sunrise project is an acronym for sustaining and nurturing rural agro-industrial social enterprises, ultimately it works towards strengthening women's economic empowerment through social enterprises in spices, fruits, vegetables and handlooms in developing countries.

Unfortunately, inequality and discrimination are widespread in Sri Lanka and many people live below the poverty line, facing ever increasing prices on food and essential needs. With the project, Oxfam hopes to tackle even just a small part of this by providing women with opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have.

The SUNRISE project currently takes place in Kegalle, Batticaloa and Vavuniya where women with existing skills are offered funding, and the necessary resources and training to expand their ideas into flourishing businesses. These businesses then provide them and their families a stable income from which to grow and flourish. Since the beginning of the project in 2015, 6 partnerships have been formed, some reaching into international ventures.

I particularly love this project because it works with people not for them. Oxfam partners with people in their home towns who express interest in building their own business, valuing their individual voice and providing the right training to assist people in lifting themselves out of poverty.

The project aims to provide income to those within and enhance their future employment opportunities as they gather a host of important skills in the creative process and learning to run a small business.
Additionally, the project strengthens value chains and addresses the gender imbalances within the community by allowing women to act against poverty.
Together with a group of other individuals who are also raising money for the Sunrise project, Oxfam is hoping to contribute $10,000 to the Sunrise project which will be allocated to providing assistance, training and support as well as expand the campaign to include more people.
Donations exceeding this goal will go into Oxfam’s untied donations fund which allows them to help in emergency situations.

No hard feelings if you're not in the mood to donate, but I appreciate you reading this nonetheless!
I'll be posting a bit more on this page, about why i'm doing this and such so keep an eye out!


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Anonymous All the best xx :) 1 Weekago


Ben Rizio sorry about the not-soy ;( 3 Monthsago


Oriano Rizio Amazing! We visited Sri Lanka early this year, an amazing country and beautiful people. We wish you every success, your gonna do great. Ori & Liz 3 Monthsago


Nerve Management Go Catie - great cause. 4 Monthsago


GT Business Solutions 4 Monthsago


Jusri Kasman Catie, what a wonderful initiative to support women in such a beautiful country. Very proud of you. All the best from Anna, Brandon and Claudia. 4 Monthsago


Jaclyn Lombardo So excited for you Catie and what a great cause. Love Jac and Matt. 4 Monthsago


Tim Ryley Good luck with the fundraising Catie, Great admiration for the cause and effort. 4 Monthsago


Ann Jones Fantastic Caitie. 4 Monthsago


Star Business Solutions A great initiative! 4 Monthsago


Jayesh Desai Best wishes Catie on this adventure Anne-Marie and Jayesh 4 Monthsago


Charmeita Soekotjo Such an excellent cause Catie.... so wonderful you're involved! All the very best! Mave & family 4 Monthsago


Gretal Consulting Pty Ltd Love all your good work sweetie 4 Monthsago


Alisse Cronin-Barreiro Good luck! Can't wait to hear the stories! Xxoo Alisse. 4 Monthsago