Oxfam Festival Shop and Glastonbury
Lydia Harford Festival and Fashion Blogger
12th Jul 2016
This past week the Oxfam festival shop team frolicked in the Glastonbury fields to our hearts' content. We shopped, we tweeted, we danced and we loved every second of it; our hard work preparing and then tirelessly working throughout the festival itself, paid off. We managed to raise a staggering £60,000 thanks to our fabulous fashionista customers. This, and all the other money we raise over the 2016 summer festival season goes towards our projects around the world working to end poverty.
Glastonbury has a strong history of hippy-ism, world peace and philanthropy and this year was no different. The theme was perfectly captured in the 'Working together' instillation next to the pyramid stage, which featured tributes to Bowie, Lemmy and Prince. I was bowled over by the level of engagement demonstrated by so many of the acts and organisations attending the festival. Adele during her set on Saturday night said we all need to look after each other, hinting heavily at the recent EU referendum outcome. Mhairi Black took to the pyramid
stage between musicians to captivate the crowd on the issue of nuclear weapons in Scotland. And delegates/ ambassadors from a whole range of of charities could been seen across the festival. This was my first Glastonbury and I was surprised by the engaged and charitable feel of the whole festival. It was a fantastic thing to be a part of and was hugely encouraging.
Oxfam's aim, with your help, is to end extreme poverty for good. In the past fifteen years' poverty has been halved and Oxfam helps by tackling the big issues keeping people poor, like inequality, hunger and climate change. We do this by working with local partners in over 90 countries. For example, last year we ensured 82,000 people gained access to clean, safe water and we protected 83,000 people living in natural-disaster prone areas by providing preparations such as flood defences, emergency shelters and distributing lifesaving literature. Our projects range from supporting
female farmers to offer better futures for their children in Ethiopia, to delivering sanitation and health improvements to poor urban communities in Pakistan. This means that when you donate to Oxfam, buy a t-shirt from our pop up festival shops, or volunteer your time you are helping us to end poverty.
So, thank you Glastonbury for the most amazing week. We wouldn't have swapped the uncomfortable tents, the early starts or the treacherous mud for anything - it meant we got to spend the week raising money for one of the worthiest of causes!