The countdown to Christmas is on and it can be a tricky time to come up with gift ideas for the people you love. It’s also a time of giving to those who need it most.
Here’s five ways you can help make a real difference in the lives of others doing it tough this year:
- Buy an Unwrapped Card: Instead of buying an unwanted gift for a long lost relative, why not get them some water. For $98, you can supply water to an entire school. From $9, Oxfam Unwrapped gifts give everyday Australians the opportunity to make a difference in the world through buying gifts like goats, seeds or literacy classes for people living in poverty.
- Make a donation: On behalf of your family you could make a donation so that other families around the world get the support they so desperately need. A $60 donation could purchase five hygiene kits to help protect children from malnutrition and disease.
- Pop into an Oxfam Shop: Oxfam has 12 shops across Australia that stock thousands of unique gifts, supporting 138 ethical producer partners in 39 countries around the world.
- Take Action: Before you buy, find out which clothing retailers are Naughty or Nice in the treatment of workers who make our clothes and then share the list with your friends. https://www.oxfam.org.au/what-we-do/ethical-trading-and-business/corporate-accountability/naughty-or-nice/
- Volunteer: Putting your hand up to volunteer for Oxfam in 2016 is another way to support those in need.
Oxfam’s Director of Public Engagement Pam Anders says giving to Oxfam helps raise much-needed funds to enable us to continue our work in more than 90 countries, delivering life-saving programs.
“There are many ways people can play a big part in the work we do, whether that be through volunteering at an Oxfam Trailwalker, making a donation, buying an Unwrapped Card or purchasing gifts at one of our shops,” Ms Anders said. “Oxfam relies on the generosity of others at Christmas to help make the world a safer, fairer and happier place.”
To arrange interviews, images or for more information contact Oxfam Australia Media Coordinator Bianca Wordley on 0407 799 365. To find out more, go to oxfam.org.au.