There are two obvious questions:
1) Why Oxfam?
Oxfam concentrates of 3 things: Emergency responses, development work and campaigning for change. They work all over the world and they are effective. Emergency responses help people in immediate and dire need whilst the development and campaigning work helps people to change their situation in the long term. There are so many charities and and organisations asking all of us to help every day that it can be hard to choose. I choose Oxfam because I believe that we have to start by addressing extreme poverty.
If you wonder if your charity money actually makes a difference then there are plenty of people who have done research into this area. I would recommend the very inspiring The Life You Can Save by Peter Singer and GiveWell who are an organisation that measures charities on effectiveness.
2) How exactly are we supporting Oxfam?
Nick works in marketing and when we started talking about this trip he got all excited and started going into his usual pattern or promoting. Personally, I was at a loss to understand why we should bother until he pointed out that we could do something useful with it.
I have been making a regular monthly donation to Oxfam for quite a number of years and have raised money by completing the UK Oxfam Trailwalker and a number of other events as well as being an avid supporter of charity shops by buying from them and donating to them. (Top tip for brilliant fashion finds is Gloucester Road Oxfam in Kensington, London!)
So, if you visit this site and are amused, entertained, informed or simply find yourself dreaming of your next adventure then I would ask you to consider the following:
- Donate some money to Oxfam. You can do this via our JustGiving page, or by going directly to Oxfam. This is the link for the Oxfam UK giving page and here is the one for Oxfam America. Oxfam International is probably a good place to start if you are not in either of these places.
- Tell your friends!
- Click on the Blatant advertising links. 100% of any money we generate will go to Oxfam.