Gemma Cairney, Dawn Porter, Caroline Flack, Sara Cox, Zoe Ball, Miquita Oliver and Kate Nash are amongst the celebrities supporting Oxfam's Get Together campaign for International Women's Day. There are 1.3 billion people living in poverty worldwide - and the great majority are women and girls. Oxfam is asking UK
women to hold Get Together events on or around International Women's Day (08 March) which will which raise money for women around the world. Over 3000 UK women have signed up to hold Get Together events which will be taking place up and down the country, see:http://www.oxfam.org.uk/WomensDay/Get-involved/Get-together-regional
Celebrity Get Together events include:
-Dawn Porter, Gemma Cairney, Caroline Flack, Chris O'Dowd, Kate Nash, Sara Cox, Cherry Healey, Gizzi Erskine, Grace Woodward, Harry Potter actress Jessie Cave, singer Brigitte Aphrodite and TV presenter and stand-up comic Jeffrey Leach held a Get Together jumble sale on 26 February which raised £7000 pounds for Oxfam. Download: pictures of the jumble sale here:http://wordsandpictures.oxfam.org.uk/?c=10817&k=e3320f32a2
-Miquita Oliver and Brix Smith-Start will be hosting a Get Together quiz night tonight (07 March)
-Lauren Laverne is hosting a Mad Hatters tea party tomorrow (08 March), India Knight and Grace Dent will be amongst the guests
-Zoe Ball is holding a Get Together frock swap party tomorrow (08 March), last year she hosted a tea party for International Women's Day
Zoe Ball tweeted: 'Celebrating #InternationalWomensDay on thurs with #MultiColouredFrockSwap. Us girls swapping our unloved clothes +raising funds for @Oxfam'
Funds raised through the Get Together events could make a real difference to the lives of women around the world:
-Every minute a woman with no medical care dies in pregnancy or childbirth, but £46 raised through a Get Together coffee morning could enable Oxfam to train a midwife in Ghana, saving the lives of babies and their mothers
-Two thirds of all children denied school are girls, but £135 raised at a dinner party with friends could train five teachers in Mali, providing a whole generation of children with the skills they need to work their way out of poverty
After the Get Together jumble sale Dawn Porter tweeted: 'If you are at all inspired by our event please host your own #gettogether Ask @oxfamgb for details. DO IT!!'
And Gemma Cairney tweeted: 'It's not too late to organise your #gettogether for IWD /www.oxfam.org.uk/womensday, help change some lives'.
Lauren Laverne said: 'Nothing beats a night out with your favourite ladies - and what better excuse for a get together than to raise money to help other women around the world!'
For more information on the campaign visitwww.oxfam.org.uk/womensday
For pictures of the events happening over the next 2 days, more information and interviews contact Rose Marsh in the Oxfam Press Office on: 01865 473164 / 07881594370 /firstname.lastname@example.org
To see a 2 minute film of the jumble sale go to:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps-bVW4nsbk&feature=share
Notes to editors:
Oxfam is a global humanitarian, development and campaigning organisation working with others to overcome poverty and suffering - all of Oxfam's programmes have gender equality at their core. Oxfam is working in nearly 60 countries on a diverse range of projects, from providing emergency water sources to supporting community health projects
Oxfam Ambassador and photographer Helena Christensen is back from Turkana, Northern Kenya - one of the many regions in the Horn of Africa that have been affected by the severe drought that has put over 13 million people at risk. Helena witnessed how unpredictable weather and recurring hikes in food prices are having a
devastating impact on the ability of women pastoralists to feed their families and send their children to school. These women have been forced to change their lives and find alternative ways to make their living. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeMgqa_pEzQ