Oxfam is back at Glastonbury this summer with our team of fabulous festival campaigners. Glastonbury Festival goers are always ready and willing to get stuck in to our activities so we love coming back each year, rain or shine, to meet you.
Last Glastonbury we challenged you to help us fix the broken food system – something we’re still working on – but right now there is a more urgent and pressing situation that we need your help with, and we know you’ll rise to the challenge!
An ongoing conflict in Syria has resulted in a dramatically deteriorating humanitarian emergency. Nearly 7 million people are already in need of urgent assistance inside Syria. Many are facing ongoing violence with shortages of food, water and electricity and there are serious blockages that prevent them accessing aid. Another 1.3 million refugees have fled across the borders into neighbouring countries. Our incredible humanitarian staff at Oxfam are working to support refugees in neighbouring Lebanon and Jordan, but there is insufficient aid for all those in desperate need – and numbers are still increasing.
This year at Glastonbury we are looking to galvanise the support of festival goers in the form of a petition to the UK Government. While the UK has been a generous humanitarian donor so far, they should increase their assistance to meet the spiralling need. They can also use their influence on the world stage to push for aid to get to those who need it inside Syria and support a peaceful resolution to the conflict. Festival campaigners were amongst the ‘million faces’ that campaigned for a life saving Arms Trade Treaty in 2006, and kept campaigning until this year when it was finally realised. An amazing victory – and we know you can help us do it again.
So. Look out for our wonderful campaigners roaming around the site and in our trusty marquee next to the Pyramid stage if you'd like to sign our petition. You know we’ll have something else fun (and let’s face it - probably messy) that you can do or wear to show support too.
To donate £5 to Oxfam’s Syria appeal text LOVE to 70066*
* Messages will be charged at £5, plus one message at your standard message rate. This numbe is for use within the UK only. By texting you consent to future telephone contact by Oxfam. If you do not wish to be contacted please send NOINFO to 70066
Smile at an Oxfam steward
More than 2,000 incredible Oxfam volunteers work as festival stewards each summer at Glastonbury. They’re the people checking tickets, giving directions and generally making sure everyone is safe and happy. In return, festivals including Glastonbury make a contribution to our work – in 2013 we hope to raise over £1 million. So give our stewards a smile and a wave – or get involved yourself, at www.oxfam.org.uk/stewards.