Get Creative – Get Inspired – Get Together!
Visitors to Oxfam’s Get Together Showcase at Penylan Community Centre on Tuesday 5th February enjoyed free head massages, sampled cakes, and browsed stalls selling cards, holistic therapies, photography sessions and Welsh baby-gro’s.
Visiting the Showcase was the perfect opportunity for local people to find out how they could host their own Get Together on International Women’s Day (March 8th) to raise money for Oxfam projects helping women work their way out of poverty.
The Oxfam Get Together is one of the UK’s largest celebrations of International Women’s Day – which is a national holiday in a number of countries including Afghanistan, Russia and Zambia.
Lorraine Rees from Oxfam Cymru said, ‘A Get Together can be absolutely anything you enjoy doing with family or friends, from a simple meal at home, to a film night at work or a poetry reading in your community.’
The majority of people living in poverty worldwide are women. Get Together raises money for Oxfam’s work transforming the lives of women experiencing poverty, discrimination, domestic violence and lack of education. Oxfam helps women reclaim their rights and make their voices heard – from helping girls access schools in Burkina Faso to supporting women farmers in Ethiopia to become entrepreneurs and provide for their families.
Cardiff baker Rhiannon Parry, of Rhiannon’s Cake Kitchen in Whitchurch said, ‘I took part in the Showcase to encourage people to hold their own Oxfam Get Together.’ Rhiannon brought along delicious samples of her home-made goodies, which sold like hot cakes!
Natasha Jenkins, manager of Photography*Jnr is hosting a unique Get Together in Buffalo Bar, Windsor Place, Cardiff on Friday 8th March at 1.30pm. This will be a family-friendly event, an opportunity for parents to enjoy tea and cake whilst their children are photographed. Twenty per cent of the price of every photo sold will be donated to Oxfam.
Annie Hillman, independent Phoenix Cards trader in Roath told us, ‘I’m very excited to support the Oxfam Get Together. I’m very passionate about the cause and I believe it’s a great way to support women across the world. Today has inspired me to get involved by hosting my own event.’
To find out how you can host an Oxfam Get Together for International Women’s Day, and to download a fundraising pack, please visit our website.
Media and Communications Intern, Oxfam Cymru
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