Buy a Christmas tree and help people in poverty: Oxfam Australia

Media Releases article written on the 05 Nov 2009

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.

Buying your Christmas tree from Oxfam this year means you can celebrate the festive season and also help communities around the world overcome poverty and injustice.

For around 30 years, a team of dedicated volunteers have organised the sale of Christmas trees, last year raising almost $200,000 for Oxfam’s work around the world and in Indigenous Australia.

In the true spirit of Christmas, over 200 volunteers donate their time to organise the trees, Melbourne’s 4WD clubs donate their vehicles to transport them, and Melway donate directories in order to ensure smooth delivery of the trees to homes right around Melbourne.

The 1.75 metres high pine trees can be ordered by phone or online before 30 November   and will be home delivered free of charge to your door between December 12 – 15.

Brian Moran, who leads the effort and has been managing the project as a volunteer for 20 years, said Melbournians love the project because it captures the spirit of the season. 

“The festive season is about giving, and an Oxfam Christmas tree is a great way to give to poor communities.”

“Families love waking up to the tree on Christmas morning knowing that it is helping support people in poverty around the world.” Mr Moran said.

Oxfam Australia spokesperson Leigh Stewart said the Christmas tree brings in much-needed funds for people in need around the world.

“The Christmas tree project is a wonderful volunteer initiative that helps communities right around the word.

“Buying an Oxfam Christmas tree means more funds for Oxfam’s programs in places like East Timor, where we are building wells and providing clean water to more than 35,000 people,” Ms Stewart said.

 The freshly cut, specially grown pine Christmas trees are $60 which includes delivery.

 They can be ordered by calling 1800 034 034, visiting, or by post or fax using the order form available at the website.  The closing date for orders is Monday November 30. Some late orders may be taken after this date subject to availability.

 If you have a roof rack or trailer and would like to help with deliveries from Saturday December 12 to Tuesday December 15, or assist with processing orders, email

 For media enquiries, or to interview Brian Moran or Leigh Stewart, please contact Sunita Bose on 0407 555 960.