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Posted by Lois Eckley Media and Communications Officer, Wales

10th Jan 2014

Oxfam shops are calling on the people of Wales to donate their unwanted items. Over the next three months the UK government will match every pound raised by your items during January, February and March.

Oxfam Boutique shop manager Claire Samuel says: "January is the perfect time for a clear out and we can turn your good quality unwanted items into cash to fund Oxfam's work fighting poverty around the world. Additionally, thanks to the government, all the money raised from your generous donations will be doubled, doubling the amazing difference you're making. And don't forget, you can also take your unwanted clothes to Marks and Spencer who will pass them on to us."


The initiative is part of Oxfam's Mother Appeal to raise money and help women around the world lift their families out of poverty for good. The Mother Appeal which will run until Mothers Day on March the 30th encourages people to celebrate motherhood the world over and hopes to raise over £10 million for Oxfam's life changing work.  


Oxfam's Mother Appeal will help lift women like Tika, who comes from a remote area of Nepal. Women here are tied to traditions which mean they rarely leave the family home. Domestic abuse is common and women are not aware of their rights. Oxfam has been working with communities like Tika's to redress the balance, running classes to educate men and women about issues like domestic violence and alcohol abuse. These classes have given Tika the lift she needed to fight for her rights, earn money and inspire her daughters. She said "Now I walk with confidence. I am a totally different woman. My daughters are happy to see me being independent and taking decisions for the family."


Blog post written by Lois Eckley

Media and Communications Officer, Wales

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