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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

Schedule Unwrapped ecards early to send on any date you like!

This Christmas, as we all try to come to terms with the Covid-19 pandemic, we know now more than ever that access to clean water and sanitation is critical to preventing the spread of this deadly disease.

For people across the world affected by poverty and disaster, essentials like clean water for handwashing and a safe shelter in which to ‘stay home’ become all the more lifesaving.

With your help, Oxfam is working with partners to ensure that people get what they need in these challenging times. By buying one of our Unwrapped gifts this Christmas, like our Safe Water for a Family, you could help to provide clean water, soap and hygiene kits as well as information on how to help people stay as safe as possible.  This is one example of the life-changing differences your Unwrapped gift can make.

Instead of the usual Christmas gifts, why not give an Unwrapped gift that will help support families in crisis? With our Unwrapped gift range, you’ll find the perfect gift to send season’s greetings and support a cause you care about. Each gift is representative of Oxfam’s work and will support a range of initiatives in one of our four programme funds, depending on the card you choose.

  1. Livelihoods
  2. Saving Lives
  3. Water for All
  4. Investing in Futures

This year, to honour this life-changing collection of gifts, we’re delighted to launch our new dedicated website for our Unwrapped range which boasts new designs and options for personalising and sending your gift! 

With Unwrapped, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect card – be it for a winter birthday or wedding, or a quick hello or season’s greetings. Best of all, it allows you to support a cause you care about, such as climate change or access to education.

So, how does it all work?

  1. Pick a gift: For christenings, Christmas, birthdays, weddings or Mother’s Day to every occasion in between. Our range of gifts will allow you to give something special to someone who has everything, while at the same time giving something meaningful to someone who needs it.
  2. Personalise it: Add a personal message to your gift card online, or we'll post it to you and you can handwrite a message for your friend or loved one yourself. You can also send an e-card, or print your own card at home.
  3. Change lives: Send your card and we'll deliver your gift to you or your loved one. By shopping Oxfam Unwrapped gifts, you’re supporting our full range of work around the world, from emergency responses to advocacy projects.

But that’s not all. We also have some new designs that are perfect for any occasion, including our Congratulations on your New Kid gift that supports communities which depend on healthy animals for their livelihood. And there’s the Happy BEE-day gift which makes futures brighter by helping parents earn enough to cover essentials like school fees. Or perhaps you’d prefer to give a Get Well Soon gift that also helps provide families who have lost everything with access to clean water and decent sanitation to stop the spread of deadly diseases.

With gifts ranging from €5 (livelihood projects) to €1,000 (water for an entire school – pretty cool!), the Oxfam Unwrapped gift collection has something for everyone – be it a friendly hello to someone during lockdown, or a corporate gift. Whatever the reason, by shopping Unwrapped, you are sending a gift that keeps giving well beyond the festive season.

If you have more questions about Oxfam Unwrapped, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions or contact us at irl-unwrapped@oxfam.org.

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Smart shopper? Oxfam has amazing green new deals this Christmas

With the government having eased the lockdown restrictions earlier this week, it’s beginning to feel a lot like… well, Christmas. And if you’re looking for ethical presents, our network of Oxfam shops has got you covered. After being closed for six long weeks, our stores in the Republic have once again opened their doors – and are chock-full of sustainable gifts for young and old.

Drop into any of our shops to see our Sourced by Oxfam range – comprising festive food, gifts and homeware that are made with care, protect the planet, and help the women and men who produce them to earn a decent living. By choosing one of these amazing gifts this year, you’ll be providing these burgeoning producers the opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive.

Why not give a loved one something sweet this year, like delicious Dark Chilli Chocolates (€6), Hazelnut Truffles (€11) or Dark Flaked Truffles (€11)? Or you could make it a green Christmas for that special someone with a Fairtrade Eco Friendly Worry Doll (from €2) or a Carolyn Carter Bamboo Cup (€14). Our shops also have a great range of educational books for clever kids, including The Sea Book (€10) and Plastic Planet (€9).

As always, you can pick up an Oxfam Unwrapped gift card either in-store or online and support our life-saving work around the world. So, why not splash out this year and buy a life-changing gift like Safe Water for a Family? For just €25, you’ll be helping help to provide clean water, soap and hygiene kits to families during the pandemic as well as information on how to stay as safe as possible. Alternatively, for just €15, you can help give the gift of education to vulnerable children with our Life Long Learning card.

Michael McIlwaine, Oxfam Ireland’s Head of Retail, said:

“We are calling people to shop with purpose this year by visiting their local Oxfam shop and browsing our wide range of gifts that support both people and planet – from Unwrapped alternative gift cards to the beautifully unique ‘Sourced by Oxfam’ items. Each gift makes a lasting impact by supporting small traders the world over while helping to raise vital funds for Oxfam’s global work to beat poverty.

“Every year we give and receive presents that we don’t necessarily need or want. This Christmas, we’re asking people to give something different by shopping more sustainably with us.”

To find your local Oxfam shop, visit oxfamireland.org/shops. But if you’d prefer to avoid the crowds this festive season, you can shop from the comfort of your own home. Our new online Christmas shop is just a click away.

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Stuck for Stocking Fillers? Oxfam's online Christmas pop-up shop is now open!

On the 21 October, for the second time this year, our shops across the Republic of Ireland closed their doors to protect our staff, volunteers and customers, and to do our part in stopping the spread of Covid-19.

Our shops play an invaluable role in raising much-needed funds for our 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 our organisation, each one is community hub that has served and been supported by you for decades.

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

At this time of unprecedented change for us all, 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 you.

We believe that sharing the stories and experiences of the communities we work with is even more important now with the rapid spread of Covid-19 and the multiple social and economic consequences it brings with it. From people living in flimsy shelters in refugee camps or communities without adequate hygiene and health infrastructure or social security, to countries like the Philippines suffering wave after wave of unimaginable extreme weather events, this pandemic is a crisis upon crises.

As you know, our shops play a central role in supporting our emergency appeals. Right now, we are trying to raise funds for the people of Syria. As we battle Covid-19, the situation for Syrians deteriorates by the minute. The virus threatens to harm as well as starve vulnerable families. More than nine years of conflict has led to an unprecedented number of parents struggling to put food on the table for their children.

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!

It might not be spring but the extra time during lockdown is a good time to start an autumn clear out. 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.

You can also help us continue to raise vital funds:

  • Make a one-off donation or setup a monthly one if you can.
  • Send a message to a special friend or family member with our Unwrapped alternative gift range.
  • Bag a bargain on www.fashionrelief.ie. Fashion Relief TV has new and pre-loved clothes and accessories for sale with new items added every second Friday when the show airs.
  • Set yourself a challenge and setup a Facebook fundraiser in solidarity with your local Oxfam shop – and help continue its crucial fundraising work.

64 years together.

Our shops have been a part of local communities as far back as 1956. That is 64 years of providing people 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.

We hope you will stand with us now and understand why we are asking for your continued support through this global storm that we are all weathering together.

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Ethical winter goodies - Oxfam Ireland team up with Save The Duck

Save The Duck 100 percent animal free jackets available in select Oxfam shops

We have all felt the slight chill creep in over the last few weeks.

As we dust off our autumn wear to brace for the changing weather, we are delighted to announce the launch of a new collaboration with Save The Duck, manufacturers of outdoor wear - which will see a colourful range of high-quality 100 percent animal free jackets available in select Oxfam shops from today (Monday, 5th October 2020).

Save The Duck jackets are unique to the Irish market and will be retailing at 60 percent off, yes you heard that right, 60 percent off the recommended retail price! The new range of jackets will be of particular interest to shoppers concerned with environmental and sustainability issues, planet lovers, fashion lovers and outdoorsy adventurers alike.

Save The Duck pride themselves on luxury as ‘a matter of quality of life and connection to the beauty of nature’. The company even set a world record by being the first entirely animal free clothing to ascend Everest in the history of mountaineering. They also became the first fashion brand in Italy to obtain B Corp certification meaning they put social and environmental impact objectives on par with economic-financial ones.

At Save The Duck we take care of the environment and all its inhabitants, promoting a transparent business model that manages natural resources responsibly.

So obviously, we are delighted to bring them to you, our loyal customers, at a fantastic price. Under our 4 Good Sustainable Business model, the collaboration was a natural fit as we both aim to protect our planet and its people, and both believe in transparent business models and the responsible management of natural resources in production processes.

By working with retail businesses like Save The Duck, our network of shops play a part in diverting textiles and other goods from landfill or incineration, and in doing so collaborations like this transform would-be greenhouse gas emissions into vital funds that support communities affected by the climate crisis worldwide.

In addition, by donating end-of-line or excess stock to our retail network, retailers and retail manufacturers extend the life of their products, lower their waste and therefore their carbon footprint by reducing pollutants that end up in our soil, water and air.

The Save The Duck jackets are available from today in select Oxfam shops. To avoid disappointment and bag your unique, ethical winter bargain - that’s ‘Good 4 You, Good 4 the Planet’ – drop in today!

The Save the Duck range will be available in the following Oxfam shops:

Belfast, Northern Ireland: Botanic Avenue; Castle Court; Fountain Street.

Republic of Ireland: Cooks Street, Cork; Dun Laoghaire, Dublin; Galway; Georges Street, Dublin; Malahide, Dublin; Limerick; Rathmines, Dublin; Kilkenny

If you are a retail business or company who wants to learn more about Oxfam Ireland’s 4 Good Sustainable Business initiative or are interested in becoming a Business Leader in Sustainability contact elaine.white@oxfam.org.

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