On Your Bike for Oxfam

Help break the cycle of poverty with Oxfam and Giro d’Italia

 

Oxfam is the official charity partner for the Giro d’Italia, one of the world’s largest cycling road races. From the 9-11 May, the Giro d’Italia is taking place across the island of Ireland, starting in Belfast and stopping off in Armagh before a grand finale finish in Dublin.

More than 200 of the world’s elite cyclists will be taking part in this epic journey, including Irishmen Nicholas Roche, Dan Martin and Philip Deignan, all fighting for the famous pink winner’s jersey, the Maglia Rosa.

Along the route and at special Giro d’Italia Fan Parks in Belfast and Dublin, we will be raising vital funds to help people affected by severe poverty and injustice worldwide.

Together, we can break the cycle of poverty.

Ros Purcell for Oxfam!
Rozanna Purcell for Oxfam!
Photo: Photocall Ireland / Oxfam

Women on Wheels

Would you like to cycle part of the Giro d’Italia route and support Oxfam Ireland’s vital work worldwide in the process? Oxfam and One4all are calling on women all over Ireland to get on their bikes on Saturday 10th May for the One4all Women on Wheels Giro Cycle for Oxfam – Ireland’s first female only cycle for charity - which runs along the final leg of the official Giro route. The 22km fun cycle in aid of Oxfam Ireland takes place on a section of the Stage 3 route – a loop from Dublin’s, Merrion Square to Bull Island, Clontarf and back – the day before the world’s greatest cyclists race the route from Armagh to Merrion Square on Sunday 11th May. 
 
The cycle, which begins at 8.30am, will take approximately an hour and a half and cyclists will arrive back into Merrion Square just as the Irish Cycling Show is kicking off. Cyclists can leave their bikes in the dedicated bike park for Women on Wheels participants and enjoy the show.
 
All participating cyclists will receive a Women on Wheels goody bag which will include a commemorative high vis vest. Every registered cyclist will also be in with a chance of winning a prize of €1,000 worth of One4all Gift Cards!
 
Boys cycling, Rwanda
Boys cycling, Rwanda
Boys cycling in Kirehe, eastern Rwanda. Photo: Tori Ray / Oxfam

ON YOUR BIKE

Leave your car at home for a journey or two (or more!) and cycle to work, school, the shops, the cinema or wherever the week may take you! You could even make it a week-long challenge and ask your friends and family to sponsor you.

Or get together with your friends, gym buddies, colleagues, club or school to help break the cycle of poverty by holding your own sponsored cycling challenge event. 

Why not organise a group cycle along a favourite scenic route or put the gym bikes to the test with a sponsored Spinathon?

Set up your personal online fundraising page now

Or download these handy PDFs:

Anthony, Malawi
Anthony, Malawi
“I bought this bicycle with the money I made from selling my tomatoes. Now if my wife or children are sick I can take them to hospital.” Photo: Steve Simon/Oxfam

HOW YOU'LL HELP

By getting On Your Bike for Oxfam you’ll be helping to break the cycle of poverty by supporting people like Anthony Mokowa (aged 34, pictured), a farmer from the village of Mnembo in Malawi.

With Oxfam’s help, the people of Mnembo have managed to pool their labour to harvest and sell their produce in bulk. In addition to bigger and better maize harvests, the newly irrigated land enables the community to diversify and grow crops. They now grow wheat, rice and tomatoes.

Anthony says: “I bought this bicycle with the money I made from selling my tomatoes. Now if my wife or children are sick I can take them to hospital.”

Cycling instead of driving also helps in fostering a greener lifestyle, allowing you to do your bit for the environment by reducing your carbon footprint. It’s also a much more social way of commuting, cycling shoulder-to-shoulder with your friends and family, enjoying the great outdoors! It's great for your general health too!

Oxfam volunteers
Oxfam volunteers
Volunteer with Oxfam and help us change the world!

Volunteer with us

You can also get involved in the thrill of the Giro d’Italia by joining one of our volunteer teams raising vital funds at the Giro Fan Parks in Dublin and Belfast city and fun locations along the route including Carnfunnock Country Park, Glengormley, Carrickfergus, Dundalk and Swords.

If you would like to be a life-changer and have 2 or 3 hours to spare across the weekend of 8-11 May, we have a role for you! As an Oxfam volunteer, you will be fully briefed on what is involved in advance!

Take the first step by emailing your name and contact details to volunteer@oxfamireland.org and we will find a shift to suit you. Or if you prefer, you can give us a call:

Dublin volunteer co-ordinators:

Marie-Louise (01) 635 0406 or Jenny (01) 635 4054

Belfast volunteer co-ordinators:

Nikki (028) 90 89 5972 or Linda (028) 90 89 5978

Fernanda, Mozambique
Fernanda, Mozambique
Fernanda, home-carer, visits her patients on her Oxfam bicycle. Photo: Steve Simon/Oxfam

HELP BREAK THE CYCLE OF POVERTY

Fernanda Joaquim (aged 30, pictured) is from Manica in central Mozambique. She is one of 80 volunteers from Manica who received training from Oxfam to become a home-based carer, caring for members of the community who are chronically ill. 

Fernanda’s work is vital in the fight against HIV and AIDs in rural Mozambique. At any one time, she is assigned up to five patients, whom she visits twice a week on the bicycle that Oxfam gave her. 

“Oxfam gave me my bicycle and my niece helped me to pedal by myself. I was very wobbly at first, but three days later, I was an expert,” says Fernanda.

In her role as a home-based carer, Fernando helps with bathing and domestic chores but she is also trained to counsel and support  her patients, often encouraging them to go for an HIV test so that they can access life-saving anti-retro viral drugs if they test positive.

You can help support the life-changing work of people like Fernanda by donating online to Oxfam.

Estella, Malawi
Estella, Malawi
“The weather’s not like when I was a child.” Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith / Oxfam

MAKE A CHANGE

Around the world our climate is changing. Clean water is harder to find. Homes are being destroyed by extreme weather conditions. And more people are going hungry because of the impact climate change is having on agriculture. Climate change is affecting us all but it’s the people living in developing countries who are being affected first and worst.

If everyone does their bit, we can stop climate change making people hungry. We need urgent and ambitious action from governments and big businesses, but there are easy steps you can take to make a positive difference. From taking your bike to work to making a personal commitment to Food & Climate Justice, there are plenty of ways for you and your family to make a difference. 

We have lots of recipes, videos and tips to get you started. Sign up now to find out about the positive changes you can make, so that everybody has enough to eat, today and in the future. Together, we can win the fight against hunger.

Want a piece of the Giro?

Want a piece of the Giro?

The DRD - which is the Nothern Irealand Road Service - has kindly donated all of the 1,700 Giro d’Italia Road Signs that will be used during the big event to Oxfam Ireland.

As the official Giro d'Italia charity partner for 2014, we're selling these great pieces of memorabillia now for the lucky recipients to receive once the event is over and the signs are down and available for us to deliver.

Demand is high so please hurry to reserve your authentic Giro road sign today.

Signs are available in all Northern Ireland Oxfam shops & deposits can be taken now to reserve yours.  

Just drop into your local Oxfam shop! We expect to have receipt of the signs around the 19th May & any shop reserved signs can be collected after this date.