Oxfam seeks help from volunteers for 2009

OXFAM Scotland is urging people in Shetland to “give some time in 2009” and work with the organisation to help end world poverty.

The charity is looking for volunteers to help both in its shops and in supporting its campaigns throughout Scotland.

Oxfam has shops all around the country, which sell everything from books and clothes to gifts such as Fairtrade goods and Unwrapped presents. Shop volunteers are invaluable in the daily running of these stores and help to maintain Oxfam’s work in over 70 countries worldwide.

Also needed are people to get involved in campaigns. Oxfam is campaigning for health and education for all, and against climate poverty.

Tom Richardson, operations manager for Oxfam shops in Scotland, said: “New Year is a great time to try new things and if you have never considered volunteering for Oxfam, give some time in 2009. Volunteering in an Oxfam shop can be really rewarding as you play a vital part in raising money to help Oxfam in its projects worldwide. It is also exciting as you can learn new things and meet lots of interesting people.”

Campaign manager of Oxfam Scotland, Eilidh Whiteford, added: “There are great opportunities in 2009 that can help to make a difference to the world, and I believe that the people in Lerwick can really help to make these changes happen by getting involved.”

For more information on how to volunteer, go to www.oxfam.org.uk/get_involved. Alter­natively you can email scotland@oxfam.org.uk or drop into your local shop.


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