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.
Women on Wheels
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?
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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!
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 email@example.com 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
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.
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?
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.