Christmas Trees with a conscience

General, Media Releases, Organisation news article written on the 29 Oct 2008

UPDATE DEC 2018: After 30 successful years of community support, we have decided not to continue running the Oxfam Christmas Tree campaign. Through our Oxfam community this campaign has raised an incredible amount to tackle poverty around the world. However, it requires a significant amount of time and resources to bring it to life and so we’ve made the decision to invest in other new fundraising activities.

If you wish to buy a live tree again this year, every state has different local organisations which sell live trees often including the Scouts. You can continue to support Oxfam this Christmas by buying fairtrade Christmas decorations, gifting an Oxfam Unwrapped card or donating to our December Appeal to help protect families in Zambia from cholera

Thank you for purchasing your trees from Oxfam and we wish you a happy festive season.

The spirit of Christmas will extend all the way from the living rooms of Melbourne to poor communities around the world this year with the purchase of Christmas trees from Oxfam.
At a cost of just $60, the purchase of each tree means more funds for Oxfam’s programs in places like East Timor, where we work to improve access to clean water and provide better sanitation to help reduce the number of children dying from preventable disease like malaria and diarrhoea, and more funds for our International Crisis fund, which is used to help people hit hard by humanitarian emergencies.
The project is organised by volunteers who, in the spirit of Christmas, give their time for free, and the trees are delivered for free by Melbourne 4WD clubs who donate the use of their vehicle and the cost of petrol. Melway also donate directories to make deliveries easier.
Oxfam Australia Executive Director Andrew Hewett said last year the Christmas trees raised almost $120,000 for Oxfam’s work in 24 countries around the world and in indigenous Australia.
“The true spirit of Christmas is embodied in the work that these Christmas trees help us to do,” Mr Hewett said.
“When you buy one of these Christmas trees you contribute to Oxfam’s work with communities in Indigenous Australia and around the world as we seek long-term solutions to end poverty and social injustice,” Mr Hewett said.
Brian Moran, the long time volunteer Christmas Tree Project Manager for Oxfam, said people who purchased the trees got real pleasure from knowing that the tree their family sat around on Christmas morning was helping to improve the lives of people living in poverty.
“It adds an extra twinkle to the tree,” Mr Moran said.
Mr Moran said the freshly cut, specially grown pine trees were about 1.75 metres high and could be ordered from tomorrow (Wednesday October 29), to be delivered between Saturday December 6 and Tuesday December 9. The trees can be ordered in a number of ways:
1. Via the internet – go to and with your credit card, securely
order online by noon, Monday December 1.
2. By Post – fill in the order form and send with your credit card details or cheque/money order (payable to Oxfam Christmas Trees) to arrive by 26 November to Oxfam Christmas Trees, 132 Leicester Street, Carlton Vic 3053.
3. By fax on 03 9347 1983 – fax through your order with your credit card details entered.
4. By Phone – call 1800 034 034 between 9am-5pm Monday to Friday by 28 November or 9441 0661 for late orders. Please include your Melway map number and reference if you have a Melway.
For more information or to interview Andrew Hewett or Brian Moran, please contact:
Louise Perry, Media Manager, on 0414 456 015