Happy Birthday Oxfam, from Coldplay fans worldwide!
Before the Coldplay gigs, volunteers all sit together to talk about the campaign, Oxfam and which costume they will wear. One question that I always ask them is, ‘Where and when did Oxfam come into being?’ This question is ever more important this weekend as it’s Oxfam’s 70th birthday!!!
Yes, 70 years today, The Oxford Committee for Famine Relief, as it was then known, met for the first time in the Old Library above the University Church on Oxford High Street to discuss how they could get food to desperate civilians in occupied countries during the Second World War. It was a controversial issues as it was mid-Second World War, when many people were suffering in their own countries with families separated, food rationing, and tight economies. But still some remarkable people led the way from Oxford to fight food injustices around the world.
70th years on and things are remarkably similar with tight economies and food injustice around the world, but with one, very large, significant change. Now it’s not just a few people sat in a church in Oxford, it’s hundreds of thousands of people globally that unite with Oxfam to fight social injustice.
Oxfam has also changed dramatically. At our heart we are still fighting food injustices with our GROW campaign. But now we are a global organisation working in 92 different countries to deliver humanitarian responses and work with partner organisations through our development programmes.
We also do a third thing really well, campaigning! Something you can all help with from your own home or by supporting your local Oxfam. But don’t worry if you don’t have an Oxfam close by, you can get in touch and we can do something together. Or you can take the lead and create your own change initiative like Coldplay fan Sian did (more next week on this).
Today you can do something to celebrate Oxfam changemakers by tweeting your birthday wishes to @oxfamontour (as creatively as possible!) – and we’ll put your works of art and video on our pinterest wall of fame.
But for now sit back and enjoy our birthday wishes from people all around the world, you never know you might see someone you know…..
@VeraInes42: Happy Birthday in Portuguese is “feliz aniversário”.
@Thailize_Rocha: Feliz aniversário!! Happy Birthday an admirer of Brazill!
@plu134340: 생일 축하해! Happy birthday in korean
@dawsonrose: “Mutlu Yillar!” from Turkey J May there be many 70!
@Foczi: Wszystkiego najilepszego! It’s in Polish
@suegofaults: HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Still have my Oxfam buttons from the concert J
@Annette13061982: Gefeliciteerd met jullie verjaardag! The Nethelands
@LuzColdplay: Congratulations from Argentina J
@Chazzy42: Happy 70th Birthday. 70 years of inspiring and changing the lives of poeple all over the world. Carry on doing what you do best!