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Missed Fashion Relief TV? Don’t worry, you can still bag a bargain!

Tuesday 13 April 2021

Friday 9 April saw the return of Fashion Relief TV – Lorraine Keane’s sustainable fashion fundraiser with Oxfam Ireland!

Missed it? Don’t worry, you can still tune in and shop any time at www.fashionrelief.ie.

Earlier this year, Lorraine teamed up with broadcaster and fashion designer Brendan Courtney for a nationwide donation drive. Thanks to the generosity of some of Ireland’s most fashionable women, and boutiques from Dublin to Dingle, the Fashion Relief team was back with a bang on Friday, showcasing rails of pre-loved, brand-new and designer pieces.

The show featured designer labels like Preen, Celine, Ganni and Alexander McQueen, and much-loved Irish labels including Aideen Bodkin, Louise Kennedy and Fee G.

And while some of the fabulous items were snapped up on Friday, there are still some amazing bargains to be had, including this brand-new Preen dress at an incredible price:  

Preen one-shoulder tulle trimmed red midi dress. New with tags. RRP €1,119 | Fashion Relief Price (FRP) €295
DKNY Tan Trench Coat with belt and leather detail. Preloved RRP €295 | FR Price €70
Ganni Newman: Floral print gathered maxi dress by cool Danish brand Ganni. Donated by Lorraine Keane. Original RRP €295 | FRP €110
FRNCH Coat: FRNCH mid-length coat is designed in a gorgeous orange and white wool mix adding a smart tailored look to your spring look. Original RRP €165 | FRP €55

“Thanks to the generosity of donors we have created our very own little Fashion Relief circular economy – as long as people continue to donate fabulous items, we will continue to have fabulous bargains up for grabs,” said Lorraine.

“When Covid hit, Fashion Relief pivoted to an always-on online platform with the tech knowhow of our incredible partners, Axonista, so we could continue to offer our supporters amazing bargains with the added bonus of shopping more sustainably while also supporting Oxfam’s global work to beat poverty."

Fashion Relief is part of Oxfam’s solution to ‘throwaway fashion’, encouraging people to donate pre-loved items and reduce the amount of clothes that end up in landfill as well as shopping second-hand to give pre-loved clothes a longer life. So, by bagging a bargain from Fashion Relief you’ll be shopping more sustainably and doing your bit for people and planet.

“I’ve seen first-hand how the profits raised by Fashion Relief help some of the poorest and most at risk people through Oxfam’s work. Even though things may have slowed down or come to a stop here, humanitarian crises are continuing, and in some cases worsening across the world,” Lorraine continued.

Just three weeks ago, a massive fire swept through the refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. The fires left 10,000 families displaced and in urgent need of basics like food and water. Hundreds more were injured. This was yet another devastating blow to the Rohingya people who fled shocking violence and persecution in Myanmar. Oxfam continues to be able to support and respond to events like this because of the generous support of people across Ireland.
If you have any designer and high-quality clothes or bags you’d like to donate to Fashion Relief, email Aisling at aisling.wallace@oxfam.org to order a pre-paid, pre-addressed Fashion Relief donation bag. Simply pack the items in your donation bag and bring them to your local post office. You can donate up to 12 items at a time.
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On the hunt for a designer bargain? Fashion Relief TV with Oxfam Ireland is back!

Tuesday 6 April 2021

Easter might be over, but that doesn’t mean the hunt for goodies has to be. Lorraine Keane is back with Fashion Relief TV, her sustainable fashion fundraiser with Oxfam Ireland, this Friday 9 April – and you’re guaranteed to find some fabulous bargains!

Earlier this year, Lorraine teamed up with broadcaster and fashion designer Brendan Courtney for a nationwide donation drive. Now, thanks to the generosity of some of Ireland’s most fashionable women, and boutiques from Dublin to Dingle, the Fashion Relief team is back with rails of pre-loved, brand-new and designer pieces.

The show, which airs on www.fashionrelief.ie on Friday from 7pm, will showcase designer labels like Preen, Celine, Ganni and Alexander McQueen, and much-loved Irish labels including Aideen Bodkin, Louise Kennedy and Fee G.

Here are just some of the fabulous items up for grabs on Fashion Relief TV this week:

FRNCH Coat: FRNCH mid-length coat is designed in a gorgeous orange and white wool mix adding a smart tailored look to your spring look. Original RRP: €165 | Fashion Relief Price (FRP): €55
Louise Kennedy: Fabulous cobalt crepe dress with embellished detail. RRP Original €995 | FRP: €145
Vanessa Seward: This label is renowned for sleek, tailored pieces and this button-down denim dress is no exception. Original RRP: €495 | FRP: €165
Ganni Newman: Floral print gathered maxi dress by cool Danish brand Ganni. Donated by Lorraine Keane. Original RRP €295 | FRP: €110

But that’s not all. Other items on the show include a Preen by Thornton Bregazzi dress which normally retails for €1,119 but has a FRP price of just €295! The show will also feature a number of Lulu Guinness bags, donated by Laura Whitmore, and bags from Alexander McQueen, Thomas Wylde and Jimmy Choo, donated by Caroline and Storm Downey.

“Thanks to the generosity of donors we have created our very own little Fashion Relief circular economy – as long as people continue to donate fabulous items, we will continue to have fabulous bargains up for grabs,” said Lorraine.

“When Covid hit, Fashion Relief pivoted to an always-on online platform with the tech knowhow of our incredible partners, Axonista, so we could continue to offer our supporters amazing bargains with the added bonus of shopping more sustainably while also supporting Oxfam’s global work to beat poverty."

Fashion Relief is part of Oxfam’s solution to ‘throwaway fashion’, encouraging people to donate pre-loved items and reduce the amount of clothes that end up in landfill as well as shopping second-hand to give pre-loved clothes a longer life. So, by bagging a bargain from Fashion Relief you’ll be shopping more sustainably and doing your bit for people and planet.

“I’ve seen first-hand how the profits raised by Fashion Relief help some of the poorest and most at risk people through Oxfam’s work. Even though things may have slowed down or come to a stop here, humanitarian crises are continuing, and in some cases worsening across the world,” Lorraine continued.

Just three weeks ago, a massive fire swept through the refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. The fires left 10,000 families displaced and in urgent need of basics like food and water. Hundreds more were injured. This was yet another devastating blow to the Rohingya people who fled shocking violence and persecution in Myanmar. Oxfam continues to be able to support and respond to events like this because of the generous support of people across Ireland.

To celebrate the return of Fashion Relief TV, Lorraine also has an incredible giveaway lined up for one lucky winner. Check out her Instagram page @LorraineKeane for details on how to win a Loulerie necklace. She explained: “All people have to do to enter is RSVP for Fashion Relief TV via www.oxfamireland.org/fashionrelief, take a screen shot and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #FashionReliefTV to be in with a chance to win. People have until Friday at 6pm to enter.”

Fashion Relief Donation Drive - we want your pre-loved gems

Join Brendan Courtney in supporting Fashion Relief with Lorraine Keane.

It’s almost the spring – according to the calendar, anyway. So, if you’re at home, looking around the office-gym formerly known as your bedroom and wondering where all that clutter came from, you’re not alone.

And better still, help is on the way!

Style guru and TV presenter Brendan Courtney is teaming up with broadcaster Lorraine Keane for a donation drive in aid of Fashion Relief, Lorraine’s sustainable fashion fundraiser with Oxfam Ireland.

It’s your chance to spring-clean your home while raising money to support Oxfam’s work in some of the world’s poorest countries.

"The evenings are getting longer, and our homes are probably starting to feel a little more cluttered as, let's face it, we are all spending a lot of time in them these days, so why not start your spring-clean early and send your pre-loved gems over to us at Fashion Relief."

“People can donate up to 12 items at a time. When they let us know that they would like to donate, we will send a pre-paid and addressed donation bag out to them. Once their donations are packaged up all they need to do is bring them to their local post office and they will be winging their way to us at Fashion Relief.” - Lorraine

Fashion Relief started in 2018 when Lorraine teamed up with Oxfam Ireland to organise a series of live events. Since then, the fundraiser has raised almost €270,000 for Oxfam’s work in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. 

It’s also part of Oxfam’s solution to ‘throwaway fashion’, encouraging people to donate pre-loved items rather than binning them. Retailers are also supported to donate their end-of-line or excess stock instead of sending it to landfill – a more sustainable solution for people and planet.

"What better way to start a journey to a more sustainable lifestyle, than with the clothes we wear."

"By donating items to Fashion Relief, you are reducing the amount of clothes and textiles that end up in landfill and giving pre-loved clothes a second lease of life, while also supporting people experiencing poverty and disaster." - Brendan

“When Covid-19 resulted in the postponement of the 2020 events, Fashion Relief pivoted to an online shopping platform with the help of Irish tech firm Axonista. Now we are pivoting to Instagram and the fashionistas of Ireland to ensure we can continue to offer people unique fashion finds at discounted prices. 

“This is our own little Fashion Relief circular economy – as long as people continue to donate fabulous items, we will continue to have fabulous bargains up for grabs.” - Lorraine

The profits from Fashion Relief support Oxfam’s work in some of the world’s poorest countries, helping people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive as well as saving lives when disaster strikes.

If you have any items you’d like to donate to Fashion Relief’s donation drive, contact Aisling at aisling.wallace@oxfam.org to arrange for delivery of your donation bag.

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Lockdown Three: Your local Oxfam shop needs you

The saying goes, third time’s a charm…but lets face it, there is little charming about the third wave of Covid-19 currently hitting the island of Ireland or the lockdown measures we all must respect to in order to save lives and support our already stretched health workers.

Last year, for the first time in over 60 years, we closed our shops across the island of Ireland to do our part in stopping the spread of Covid-19. As we entered the New Year we also entered our third lockdown, and like so many other local traders, we closed our doors.

Our shops play an invaluable role in raising much-needed funds for Oxfam’s work worldwide – they help ensure we can continue to protect and support some of the most vulnerable people in the world.

However, they’re not just vital to Oxfam’s mission to end the injustice of poverty, each one is community hub that has served and been supported by you for decades.

With our shops closed, we need your support now more than ever.

At this time of continued unprecedented challenges for all of us, our mission remains the same – to let you, our supporters, know how you can help communities facing extreme poverty and disaster. Life-saving work that is only possible because of your support.

We believe that sharing the stories and experiences of the communities Oxfam work with is even more important now as our teams monitor and respond to the threat of Covid-19 in the countries in which Oxfam works. Beyond the immediate threat of the disease itself, countless people are struggling to survive the economic fallout from the pandemic.

 

 “This virus will starve us before it makes us sick.”

~ Micah Olywangu, a taxi driver in Nairobi

We’re urgently appealing for your help and want to share some ways that you can continue to support your local Oxfam shop, even if its doors are closed.

We still want the things you don’t!

  1. Drop your donations off today at one of our textile or book banks.
  2. Save your donations and drop them in when we’re back up and running – for all of us, hopefully this will be sooner rather than later.
  3. Any Christmas gifts lying about that you know you won’t use - keep them for us too! One person’s junk is another’s treasure.

You can still help us continue to raise vital funds:

  1. Donate - make a one-off donation or setup a monthly one if you can.
  2. Set up a Facebook fundraiser in solidarity with your local Oxfam shop – and help continue its crucial fundraising work! Couch to 5k? Squat challenge? Anyone?

Make meaningful (and kinda invaluable) resolutions this year:

  1. Pop an email to your nearest Oxfam shop now to express your interest in volunteering with us when we reopen. Donating a little of your time and expertise to our team will have a bigger impact than you might think.
  2. Make a pledge to buy more secondhand clothes and accessories this year by shopping at your local Oxfam. Good for your pocket (and wardrobe!), good for people, and good for our planet <3
  3. Sending a card? Why not choose one from our Unwrapped alternative gift range and send hope along with your greeting.

Yemen Appeal

Our shops also play a central role in publicising our emergency appeals. Right now, we are raising funds to support the people of Yemen. As we battle Covid-19, many Yemeni families are on the brink of famine. Two thirds of the population rely on food aid to survive and the country is also grappling with the largest cholera outbreak on record. Our gravest concern is the widespread destruction of health and sanitation facilities which are vital to halt the spread of deadly diseases such as Covid-19.

 

"I appeal to the world to have mercy on the children of Yemen and stop this war. We are very tired of living in war for years, we lost everything beautiful in our lives, even the simple hope of peace.’’

~ Ibtisam Sageer Al Razehi, 35-year-old teacher and mother of three

Thank you

Our shops have been a part of local communities as far back as 1956. That is 64 years of providing you with affordable and sustainable clothing, books, furniture and more.

Thank you for all of the ways you’ve supported us over those 64 years from donating and shopping to volunteering your time and talent.

From North to South, East to West and everyone in-between, we hope you will stand with us now and understand why we are asking for your continued support.

We hope to see you in-store once again soon. Until then, stay safe.

Oxfam Shop Teams

As 2020 draws to a close...

Members of the Oxfam-supported Culamuk Coffee Micro-station in Nebbi District, Uganda. Photo: Kieron Crawley/Oxfam

... a great big THANK YOU to all of our supporters!

The past 12 months has been a year of unprecedented challenges. From the pandemic to climate change, and from ongoing conflicts to the erosion of democracy, 2020 has been – at times – truly overwhelming.

Worldwide, hundreds of thousands of people have died from the virus; millions have lost jobs and livelihoods. The situation among the world’s most vulnerable people has been made even more precarious by the pandemic: Covid-19 particularly threatens the lives of those living in cramped refugee camps, with nothing but some tarpaulin separating them from their neighbours.

But throughout it all, your generosity and support meant that we could keep working and doing what we do. Over the past 12 months, Oxfam reached more than 19 million people around the world with clean, safe drinking water, food, shelter and life-saving hygiene products and information.

Oxfam Ireland alone reached almost eight million people across 10 countries – providing them with humanitarian assistance, training to start their own businesses and advice on how to advocate for themselves.

Despite the many challenges, we continued to support the world’s poorest people to lift themselves out of poverty.

For that, we thank you!

The very best wishes to you and yours for Christmas and the New Year from all of us here at Oxfam Ireland.

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