Fundraising Buzz around Oxfam Vanuatu Appeal

Emergencies, Humanitarian Advocacy, Media Releases, News article written on the 27 Mar 2015

Australians continue to find innovative ways to raise donations to help the people of Vanuatu recover from the devastation of Cyclone Pam but one fundraising effort is currently creating a real buzz.

Inventors of crowdfunding success story Flow™ Hive, are raffling off the very first of their revolutionary new beehives to come off the production line in support of Oxfam’s Vanuatu Appeal.

Global interest in this new Australian invention has already seen online sales of the $5 raffle tickets raise more than $80,000 for Oxfam’s Vanuatu Appeal, with tickets still on sale until midnight tomorrow (Saturday 28 March) at

Hand-constructed by Nimbin based furniture maker Ben Robinson, the Hive being offered comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by inventors Cedar & Stuart Anderson verifying that it is the first Premium Flow™ Hive.  It will be delivered to the raffle winner free of charge by Flow anywhere in the world.

Oxfam Australia Executive Director Helen Szoke said Flow was showing the true Australian spirit of stepping up when your neighbours are down.

“It’s great to see them helping to raise money to help the people of Vanuatu rebuild their lives after the devastating impact of Cyclone Pam,” Dr Szoke said. “The raffle of Flow’s first Premium beehive has already raised $80k and climbing for Oxfam’s Vanuatu Appeal – money that will go to helping people recover and rebuild.”

Flow™ Hive co-inventor, Cedar Anderson, said they were excited to be able to use their innovation to help people in Vanuatu.

“We were really excited to have the opportunity to leverage some of the interest in what we’re doing into something that would directly benefit the people of Vanuatu and help them rebuild their lives after such a shocking event,” he said.

Flow™ Hive co-inventor, Stuart Anderson said he was impressed with how supportive the public were of people affected by Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu.

“We’ve enjoyed so much support for our Flow™ Hive from all corners of the globe and it’s showed how concerned and engaged our global community really is,” he said. “The people of Vanuatu have been devastated by Cyclone Pam losing homes, cities and loved ones so we have teamed up with Oxfam as we wanted to give back in some way.”

You can see a video by Flow™ Hive co-inventor Stuart Anderson explaining the raffle prize at

Alternatively you can support Oxfam’s response to humanitarian crises directly by donating to our Cyclone Pam Appeal at or by calling 1800 034 034

For interviews, with Oxfam staff or more information on the Vanuatu Appeal, please contact: John Lindsay on +61 (0) 423 456 046 or

For interviews with Flow™ Hive co-inventors Stuart and Cedar Anderson contact: Aaron Bertram, 0409 659 097