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This Week at Oxfam, 20-24 May

Posted by Suzanne Rodrigues Editorial Assistant in Oxfam's Digital Communications Team

24th May 2013

What have you been doing over the past week?  We've been preparing for one of our biggest fundraising events of the year, collecting stories from Syria and meeting our new shop managers - plus, we're getting ready for the Big IF rally on the 8 June. 


The Big IF
There has been lots of talking, planning and doing to get as many people as possible to come to the big IF rally on Saturday 8 June.  It's our - and your - opportunity to put pressure on world leaders to take the steps needed to end world hunger. Plus, it sounds like it's going to be a great day out - there are special guest, celebrity supporters, music, a children's area, a special IF paint-bombing activity - and a Bloggers Lounge. Hurray! This really is an important moment and definitely worth getting involved in.  Go and find out more on our campaigning pages if you are interested in coming along. The more the merrier!

Trailtrekker is next weekend!
One of our biggest fundraising events, Trailtrekker, is taking place next weekend so the Events area of the office has been buzzing this week. The team are making sure everything's set. That includes Mike, one of our Events Operations Managers - stood there is front of a map of the route. All 100km of it. I took part in the sister event, Trailwalker, last year and it hurts. It really does.  As always, we've got a fair few staff teams getting involved, including Inhouse Outdoors, which is made up of Amy, Janine and Alan from our Inhouse design team. I hope the final week before the event goes well for everyone involved.

Inducting the new shop managers
Our Trading teams have been running inductions for shop managers this week.  This gives new managers the opportunity to come and visit their colleagues in Oxfam House and learn more about Oxfam and more about working with volunteers.  You might not know that the Oxfam shop network is pretty vast, with about 700 shops around the UK and they're all made possible thanks to the wonderful dedication of 22,000 volunteers.  Brilliant people. 

Stories from Syria
Some members of staff, including Fred who I mentioned in This Week at Oxfam a few weeks ago, have been out in Lebanon meeting people that have had to leave their homes in Syria. They've been hearing their stories so they can share them with us, and we can share them with you. I've already posted a few on the blog. Last week we heard about Jane Beesley meeting 12 year old Reema and yesterday I posted about the reaction of our water engineer, Farah, when she heard someone commenting "I can't understand why refugees are mad, they have everything the need, yet, they keep asking for more." I'll bring you more next week. 

It's a bank holiday weekend, again! I could get used to these. Have a good one. 

Blog post written by Suzanne Rodrigues

Editorial Assistant in Oxfam's Digital Communications Team

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