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Music lovers across Wales raise nearly £8,000

Posted by Lorraine Rees Community Fundraiser for Wales/Cymru

20th Nov 2012

Oxjam Cardiff

Music lovers across Wales have raised nearly £8,000 so far by taking part in this year's Oxjam music festival.

Sara Williams, Oxjam co-ordinator said, "It's fantastic to see how volunteers have made Oxjam such a success. Putting on gigs, concerts, jamming sessions and all sorts of other events, big and small, they've raised a huge amount of money for Oxfam."

The Cardiff Oxjam Takeover saw the area around Womanby Street in the city centre getting an Oxjam makeover, with a range of music gigs, stand-up comedy and horror film shorts available for the public's entertainment. 

"The ethos of Oxjam is local music, so they discourage you from getting well-known people," said Jody Tozer, Cardiff Takeover manager. "But that's nice because you're nurturing the local music scene. You're giving people a chance to play to audiences who wouldn't usually hear them."

Amongst this year's first-time event organisers,  Chris Rogers put on "Oxjam at the Montpellier" in Llandrindod Wells and raised over £600, and Nicola Woodrow's event for family and friends in Trebanos, Swansea raised nearly £500.

Next October we'd love to see even more volunteers taking part in Oxjam.  It's a great way of doing something you really enjoy and helping to fight poverty at the same time.

If you're interested in putting on a small one-off event,  or maybe even coordinating an Oxjam Takeover in your town, contact Lorraine Rees on lrees@oxfam.org.uk or call 0300 200 1269.

Blog post written by Lorraine Rees

Community Fundraiser for Wales/Cymru

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