Generosity peaks at tax-time and Christmas: Oxfam

Media Releases article written on the 29 Jun 2011

People are most generous at the end of the financial year and at Christmas time, according to an analysis of donations to international aid agency Oxfam Australia.

The last day of the financial year June 30 recorded the second highest amount of the agency’s donations over the calendar year.

The agency received 10.9 per cent of its 2010 donations in June, second only to December where the agency received 12.9 per cent.

A comparison of 2010 and 2011 donations up to the month of June revealed that Queenslanders have increased their donations by 9.6 per cent, despite the recent floods.

The analysis also reveals that on a per-capita basis people from the ACT are the most generous at tax-time, followed by Victorians.

Oxfam Australia is urging Australians to continue this trend of digging deep at the end of the financial year by supporting its Stop Hunger Appeal launched last month.

More than $1 million is still needed for the appeal to reach its target of $3 million to help people around the world find solutions to hunger.

The appeal supports Oxfam’s work in countries like Mozambique, where drought and rising food costs have led to a 30 per cent increase for basic food essentials in the last year.

Oxfam Australia Executive Director Andrew Hewett said that support for the Stop Hunger Appeal is more urgent than ever.

“With one in seven people around the world going hungry and prices food on the rise, it is now more urgent than ever to help people around the world realise their right to be fed,” Mr Hewett said.

Oxfam Australia’s Stop Hunger Appeal is also supported by acclaimed Australian chefs including Oxfam Australia Ambassador Kylie Kwong, Neil Perry and Matt Kemp.

“I passionately believe that by providing people with the skills and knowledge to grow and prepare nutritious food, we can stop hunger,” Ms Kwong said.

“Oxfam Australia is helping children eat a healthy balanced diet, and helping local farmers to generate an income so that they can provide for their families.”

To donate to the appeal

Supporters of the appeal can access a variety of recipes from high profile chefs including Neil Perry (Rockpool Bar & Grill, Spice Temple), Matt Kemp (Balzac), Glenn Thompson (Zest), Brendon Barker (Embassy XO), Ben Shewry (Attica) and Peter Sheppard (Caveau).
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