Oxfam Stomp Raises £1900

The 2016 Oxfam Stomp blew the roof off The Kings Heath Cricket & Sports Club to raise funds for Oxfam. January’s concert donations raised over £1900!

A traditional jazz event, Oxfam Stomp features four different bands who donate their time. A jam session runs concurrently so musicians and jazz singers can collaborate.

The bands included George Huxley’s All Stars, Jazz Salon Rouge, New Georgia Jazz Band, and The Sopranos. The organizers included Mr. Jim Denham and Mr. Terry McGrath, along with the wonderful Polly.

Shop Manager Ladi Dell’aira said, “Together we can end poverty for good. Bringing our community together to enjoy the rich musical life of Kings Heath is just one way to do that.”

This year’s donation went to Oxfam’s general fund, allowing the flexibility to use the donation wherever it is most needed. From women’s rights to water, earthquakes to education, Oxfam does life-changing, ground-breaking work in all sorts of areas.

The Curated Shelf

curated sign 2a

When a book fascinates me (say, Paul Bowles’ The Sheltering Sky), I am compelled to read a background history of the author’s life (Without Stopping: The Autobiography of Paul Bowles or Ian Findlayson’s Tangier: City of the Dream) or to draw from authors in whose circles he traveled (A Life Full of Holes, the sparce and harsh collaboration of Bowles and Larbi Layachi, or the excellent short stories by his wife, Jane Bowles).

Now that I manage an Oxfam book and music shop, I have little time to daydream and browse for new works. I rely on the writers, artists, musicians and readers around me for inspiration. Who better to draw from than the writers in our OxfamReads! series? I wondered what would they create if they were “let loose” (to borrow Jo Ind’s phrase) in Oxfam to play. So I selfishly created the concept of the The Curated Shelf.

This year’s two-week event featured five of our OxfamReads! authors. If you were not able to visit the shop, here is the archive of their efforts.

–Ladi, Shop Manager

Follow the links to each author’s curation:

From the Manager

NigerThank you to our supporters for a banner year of funds raised through shop sales and direct donations! You’ve helped communities across the globe  with Oxfam’s ongoing programmes and addressed crises in Nepal,  South Sudan, Syria, and throughout Refugee communities.

As 2015 draws to a close, we’ve got a full slate of upcoming events:

  • A chance to live tweet #withOxfam from our book and music shop, and to write include your name on our shop window for “We Won’t Live with Poverty”
  • A special anti-bullying event with children’s author Jennifer Ogden.
  • A special South Sudan Fundraiser featuring Sudanese musician Hassan Salih Nour on October 25th. Two wooden sculptures will be auctioned along with several face masks. The shop will have a special display of all books about African nations and by African writers and musicians.
  • A spooky story reading for Halloween. Oooh spooky.
  • The first Socks and Chocs charity drive. Gift Divine chocolates and donate warm, clean socks.
  • Festive Friday party where you can enjoy mince pies while writing Christmas cards in the company of Oxfam volunteers and friends.

….and a whole new range of products!

  • A whole new set of Oxfam Unwrapped gift cards.
  • A whole new range of Christmas Shop products including wrapping paper, advent candles and calendars, Christmas ornaments and more!
  • Our popular workshop on making Paper Christmas Trees from recycled books.

Join us in closing out 2015 with even more financial support for Oxfam’s work — all while brightening your life and enjoying your community!

Our handmade cards make a difference!

Cards from AfricaYou already know Oxfam’s great range of everyday cards. But did you know that our stunning Cards from Africa are handmade—even the paper!

The Cards from Africa program offers employment and training to orphaned youngsters who are also heads of their families. In addition to their craft work for 30 minutes every morning they learn about financial management, practical business skills, health care, and other essential life lessons that those with parents may take for granted.

 

Rachelle lost both her parents by the time she was 13 and was left to look after her younger brother and sister by herself. Miraculously she survived living off of what they could grow on a small plot of land and getting odd jobs from neighbours.

Rachelle making her cards

Cards from Africa found her and offered her a job at age 18. She was now able to pay for her siblings to go back to school, pay for health care and have a healthy diet. When asked what difference making greeting cards has made, she said, “I’m not just surviving now, I can plan for my future. It has given me hope.”

 

Members of Rachelle’s family and close neighbours have died from malaria. She knows more than anyone that a stable job is vital to quickly paying for treatment if anyone in her family falls ill. Now her family all sleep with mosquito nets, something that before working at Cards from Africa she never did. The 30-minute teaching sessions gave her the skills to start a small business which has significantly increased her monthly income.

Cards from Africa are featured in Oxfam’s everyday and Christmas card ranges.
Each card is signed by the maker and priced at £2.99!