Top 10 Olympic Oxfam facts
Al Kinley Editorial assistant for Oxfam's digital communications
7th Aug 2012
Oxfam staff are as excited by the Olympics as the rest of the UK. You might be surprised by how much we and the sporting competition have in common. Here are our top 10 Olympic Oxfam facts!
- All of the countries where Oxfam works are represented at London 2012. 10 of them have already won at least one gold medal!
- Oxfam works in 3 of London 2012's top 10 (so far) medal winning countries: China, Russia and ... the UK! Many people don't realise that we work to fight poverty in the UK as well as many developing countries.
- Greece is deeply ingrained in both Oxfam's and the Olympic Games' histories: the ancient Olympics and the first modern Olympics were of course held in the capital, Athens; and Oxfam was first created to help combat famine in Greece during World War II.
- The countries Oxfam works in have won 199 medals so far this year!
- Equestrian Team GB silver-medallist Mary King has donated one of her Olympic shirts for a prize draw; Mary's mum Jill volunteered at an Oxfam shop in Sidmouth for many years.
- London 2012 wasn't the first time Andy Murray took on Roger Federer in a big tennis final. Last month Federer beat Murray at the Wimbledon finals - netting Oxfam more than £100,000 thanks to a bet that supporter Nick Newlife left us in his will.
- The longest Olympic event? A 50km "race walk". But every year dedicated Oxfam supporters take on twice that distance as part of Trailwalker and Trailtrekker, walking 100km in under 30 hours to raise money for our life-changing work.
- Earlier this year Oxfam supporters, along with a suspicious looking goat, ran the Olympic track as part of the Gold Challenge - an opportunity to try Olympic sports while raising money for Oxfam.
- Trailwalker and Trailtrekker participants together walked a whopping 157,200 miles this year - nearly 20 times the distance the Olympic torch travelled before it reached the Olympic stadium!
- David Cameron will hold a "hunger summit" on 12 August to coincide with the last day of the Olympics. Oxfam is demanding that world leaders there protect the 18 million people currently facing severe hunger in West Africa. Add your name to the petition and demand action.
We hope you're enjoying the Olympics as much as we are! If they've inspired you to get active, take a look at the many energetic ways you can get involved with Oxfam's work.