A Successful Night at the Oxfam Quiz Night – Thank You!


 

 


 

 

 

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came to our Quiz Night at Marlborough Science Academy on 3rd June.  In total we had over 90 people competing & raised over £12 00 to kick start our 2017 fundraising!  Special thanks to quizmaster, Mike, for a great selection of questions and making the evening so much fun.


Also many thanks have to go to our raffle donors – Eat Wholefoods (St Albans); Box Local; Buongiorna Italia and, as always our kind volunteers…

Quiz Night – Saturday 3rd June 2017

Why not come & join us for a friendly evening with a competitive streak!  Get a team of 6 – 8 friends, or come along & join a team on the night.

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When?

Saturday 3rd June

7pm for 7.30pm

 

Where?

Marlborough Science Academy, Watling Street, St Albans, AL1 2QA

 

How do I get a ticket?

Tickets are £12.50, which includes a fish supper (vegetarian option is available).  Bring your own drinks.

For tickets:

Email hertshike@gmail.com

Call 07472 063145 or 07941 311324 OR

Visit Oxfam Bookshop, Catherine Street, St Albans, AL3 5BX

All proceeds go to Oxfam’s water project in Northern Kenya:

Lack of water is a recurrent and serious problem in the arid lands of Turkana and Wajir in northern Kenya.  In these areas, it is common for up to 35 per cent of the population to be suffering from acute malnutrition at any one time.  Malnutrition occurs when people do not absorb enough nutrients and is often caused by drinking dirty water, as people frequently suffer from vomiting and diarrhoea. Women and girls are traditionally responsible for collecting water, and most of them walk for several hours every day in searing temperatures to access it.

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Oxfam has significant expertise and experience of working with vulnerable people in the arid lands of northern Kenya.

This is what our money can buy:

£22 could provide clean, safe drinking water to 4 people

£45 could improve the water supply for 200 people by supporting water providers to deliver a better service

 

Herts Hike 2017 – Date For The Diary: Saturday 23rd September

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We are excited to announce that we now have a date for the Herts Hike – Saturday 23rd September 2017.  Please put the date in your diary & watch this space for details on how to enrol to join us for a lovely day enjoying the Hertfordshire countryside while also raising money for an important Oxfam project in the developing world.  Last year we raised £6000 for Honduras.

 

This year we will be supporting the project to improve water supplies in Northern Kenya.

 

Lack of water is a recurrent and serious problem in the arid lands of Turkana and Wajir in northern Kenya.  In these areas, it is common for up to 35 per cent of the population to be suffering from acute malnutrition at any one time.  Malnutrition occurs when people do not absorb enough nutrients and is often caused by drinking dirty water, as people frequently suffer from vomiting and diarrhoea. Women and girls are traditionally responsible for collecting water, and most of them walk for several hours every day in searing temperatures to access it.

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Rose Akuwam, 20, has two children and lives in Kabokorit village, Kakuma, in the arid county of Turkana. The village had a pipeline that supplied three water kiosks, but its 5,578 residents could not access water because the pipeline was damaged and so the water never reached the village.

We could only get water by collecting it from holes we dug in the riverbed.  I would get back home and people would start quarrelling because they were so thirsty.”

Oxfam has significant expertise and experience of working with vulnerable people in the arid lands of northern Kenya.

This is what our money can buy:

£22 could provide clean, safe drinking water to 4 people

£45 could improve the water supply for 200 people by supporting water providers to deliver a better service

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We look forward to sharing more details as we get closer to the date but in the meantime we look forward to seeing you on 23rd September!

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Curry Evening 12th March

Don’t miss our upcoming Curry Evening:

Sunday 12th March 7pm for 7.30pm

Abbey Spice Restaurant, 66 Stanhope Road, St Albans AL1 5BL

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Come & join us to enjoy a friendly evening & a delicious Indian meal whilst supporting Oxfam to help us reach £6000 for our Herts Hike total for Honduras.

Tickets are £20 each (excluding drinks) & available from

Email – hertshike@gmail.com

Call  – 07849 041285 (Hilary) / 07535 695744 (Sue)

 

With thanks to the Abbey Spice, 1/3 of each ticket sold will go to the Oxfam Herts Hike project in Honduras.

 

 

 

Yemen Street Collection

 

On 23rd December the Oxfam Fundraising Team took to the streets of St Albans to raise money for the Yemen Crisis Appeal.

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Yemen is the poorest country in the Middle East and poverty and inequality was increasing.

Half of the population – 14.4 million people – required help with food.

  • Over 3.3 million people are malnourished, including nearly half a million children who are in a life-threatening condition.
  • Nearly 19 million people – 70 per cent of the population – need some sort of humanitarian aid.
  • More than 3 million people have been forced to flee their homes due to the bombing and fighting.
  • Over 46,000 people have been killed or injured since the escalation of the conflict in March 2015.

Over the course of the day our 35 volunteers raised an impressive £1470 to help provide food, clean drinking water and washing and sanitation facilities for the 14 million people who need our help.

In response to the Yemen crisis, Oxfam has reached more than one million people with water and sanitation services, cash assistance and food vouchers. Help has included:

  • Cash payments to more than 146,000 people to help families displaced by the conflict to buy food.
  • Clean water and sanitation services more than 500.000 people, including in hard-to-reach areas of the country, through providing water by truck, repairing water systems, delivering filters and jerry cans, as well as building latrines and organising cleaning campaigns.
  • Supporting more than 11,000 families with livestock treatment and supporting more than 35,000 people with cash for work.

Thank you again St Albans for your generosity and to our band of amazing volunteers who gave up their time so close to Christmas – we couldn’t do it without you!

To learn more about Oxfam’s work in Yemen or donate to the appeal Click Here

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Thank you to everyone for making the Herts Hike such a success

Thank you to everyone for making the 21st annual Herts Hike such a success yesterday.  We hope all those who took part enjoyed the event & give a very BIG THANK YOU to all our amazing volunteers who made it all possible.  We had 236 walkers who took part, with 199 taking on the challenge of 5 miles or more and so far we have raised an impressive £5594 for the Honduras project (exceeding our £5000 target).  This an amazing feat but we know there is still more to come.

We couldn't do it without our volunteers - the end of a busy day!

We couldn’t do it without our volunteers – the end of a busy day!

 

Please don’t forget to send in your donations either by Just Giving or text.  Every penny will then go directly to the Honduras project.

 

To donate to Just Giving please CLICK HERE

To donate via Text – send a message to 70070 with our code OXHH99 followed by £2 or whatever amount you wish.

Walkers, don’t forget that for every £25 raised by the end of October, you will receive 1 entry into our prize draw.

Please also send us your photos from the day & any thoughts or comments to hertshike@gmail.com

 

A big thanks must also go to our sponsors for the day:

Cotswolds

Cosa Nostra

Morrisons

Ayletts

Twinplast

Thank you again & watch this space for more updates, photos & dates for your diary as we plan our future fund raising efforts.

Busy registration!

Busy registration!

Great to have the Mayor there to show her support - with our 5 mile walkers

Great to have the Mayor there to show her support – with our 5 mile walkers

Hike in full swing

Hike in full swing

Global Justice off to provide support at Checkpoint 4

Global Justice off to provide support at Checkpoint 4

Crossing Nomansland

Crossing Nomansland

The Wheathamstead countryside

The Wheathamstead countryside

An early start for our 20 mile hikers

An early start for our 20 mile hikers

An early start for our 20 mile hikers

An early start for our 20 mile hikers

An early start for our 20 mile hikers

An early start for our 20 mile hikers

An early start for our 20 mile hikers

An early start for our 20 mile hikers

 

 

 

 

None of it would be possible without our fantastic Hilary!

None of it would be possible without our fantastic Hilary!

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Something of note on the left… Rob, D, Melissa & Robin at the start of 8 miles

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5 milers at Checkpoint 1

 

Lisa & her team - raised £700 for their amazing 14.5 miles!

Lisa & her team – raised £700 for their amazing 14.5 miles!

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HAWA ladies with the Mayor

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HAWA ladies enjoying the 5 mile hike

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HAWA ladies enjoying the 5 mile hike

HAWA ladies enjoying the 5 mile hi

 

Our 8 mile hikers at Devils Dyke

Our 8 mile hikers at Devils Dyke

Well earned cakes!

Well earned cakes!

Registration hotting up...

Registration hotting up…

The Mayor & Anne enjoying the countryside

The Mayor & Anne enjoying the countryside

The Mayor & Oxfams Anne Cooper

The Mayor & Oxfam’s Anne Cooper

We couldn't do it without our volunteers

We couldn’t do it without our volunteers

We couldn't do it without our volunteers - Thank you Jeannette!

We couldn’t do it without our volunteers – Thank you Jeannette!

We couldn't do it without our volunteers - Thank you girls!

We couldn’t do it without our volunteers – Thank you girls!

We couldn't do it without our volunteers

We couldn’t do it without our volunteers – Thank you Sue!

We couldn't do it without our volunteers

We couldn’t do it without our volunteers – Thank you John!

 

We couldn't do it without our volunteers - Thank you Barbara!

We couldn’t do it without our volunteers – Thank you Barbara!

Another vital member of the team - Thank you Val!

Another vital member of the team – Thank you Val!

The dogs enjoyed it too!

The dogs enjoyed it too!

8 miles...done!

8 miles…done!

The Mayor & Sue

The Mayor & Sue

And our volunteers waymarking on Friday - without them it would be impossible!

And our volunteers waymarking on Friday – without them it would be impossible!

1 Day to Go! Online Registration for Herts Hike closes at 2pm Friday 23rd September

Only 1 day to go now until the Herts Hike & you have until 2pm on Friday 23rd September to Register to walk online

Click HERE NOW to Register

Too late to Register online?  No problem – just join us at the Scout Hut at Heartwood Forest & we can register you on the day.  All we need is your name, address, email & mobile phone & you’re good to go.

See Walkers Information HERE  walkers-information-2016-v2

If you are interested in joining a group we have that covered too with groups doing both 5 & 8 mile routes – all starting from the Scout Hut at 10.30am

Want to help but not registered?  Again no problem – come along to the Scout Hut at Heartwood Forest & we will definitely be able to find you something to do!

Just want to support – Follow the link to our Just Giving page HERE

We are looking forward to a great day on Saturday & the weather looks like it is planning to be kind.  We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

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21st Annual Herts Hike 2016 – 24th September REGISTER NOW

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Walk in aid of Oxfam for the 21st Annual Herts Hike on 24th September.  Registration couldn’t be easier:

Register to WALK

You can choose between 3, 5, 8, 14 or 20 mile routes through the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside & can choose which you would like to tackle on the day.

All money raised goes straight to this years “Weather proofing” project  in Honduras where farming families on the frontline of climate change are helped to feed themselves despite more frequent droughts and floods.  Click here to learn more – Honduras Project

Raising money couldn’t be easier – please visit our Just Giving instructions to find out how.

Why not ask your company if they would be willing to participate in the Match Funding scheme where they match every pound you raise & can double your money?

Why not get a team together & compete with other teams to raise the most money?  Teams can be anything from 2 to 100 so invite all your friends & colleagues!   This year we are challenging you to do the “20 for 20” – can you get a group of 20 people top walk 20 miles?  Team money raising is easy too just follow the instructions on our Just Giving page.

Not keen to walk but can donate 2 hours of your time as a helper / marshall?

Register as a Helper

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Oxfam’s Herts Hike 2016 is on Saturday 24 September – Why not Enrol & Start your Fundraising NOW!

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The Oxfam Herts Hike is on Saturday 24th September 2016 & we are now enrolling for:

Walkers

Helpers & Sponsors

The idea of Herts Hike is to help people enjoy and discover the beautiful countryside close to St Albans and to ask them to think of others who have less in life than we do by donating to an Oxfam project.

You can download our sponsorship form in PDF format here: http://goo.gl/9QbSt1

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Our walkers have a choice of routes, this year it’s 3, 5, 8, 14 or even 20 miles.  The three and five mile walks take place inside Heartwood Forest and the longer walks are circular routes taking in villages further north such as Wheathampstead, Ayot St Lawrence and Kimpton.  Walkers can decide on the day which route they want to do.

Below you can access a map of all routes & information if you are interested in walking:

Colour map Herts Hike 2016

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Each year the Oxfam Herts Hike fundraises for an Oxfam project in the developing world.  This year we will be supporting the “Weather proofing” project  in Honduras where farming families on the frontline of climate change are helped to feed themselves despite more frequent droughts and floods.  Click here to learn more – Honduras Project

Local leader Carmen Fúnez. Photo: Carlos Chinchilla/OXFAM.

Local leader Carmen Fúnez.
Photo: Carlos Chinchilla/OXFAM.

CARMEN’S STORY
Carmen Fúnez, 24, is a pioneering young woman leader from Nueva Arcadia in Copan Region. Elected as a leader in her town aged just 18, she has a strong commitment to serving her community and breaking down the barriers which normally prevent young women from taking up leadership positions.  When her community’s water source was threatened by a land deal, Carmen was supported by the project to coordinate a community purchase of the land. The project has also helped to install a new water system, meaning that the community now has nearby, secure, clean drinking water supplies.  Oxfam will continue to work with communities and our partners to develop more women leaders like Carmen, as well as supporting local communities to protect the natural resources which they rely on.

 

Herts Hike Details

All the Herts Hike routes start from the Scout hut at Heartwood Forest.  It is accessible by bus or car, and parking is available.  All routes are waymarked and points such as road crossings are marshalled; written instructions are also provided.  People walk the route at their own pace following the signs.  Starting times vary, eg for the popular 8 mile circuit it is any time between 9am and 1:30 pm.  The longer distance walkers need to start by 9:30 am.

We welcome walkers from local schools, youth groups and community organisations as well as individuals, families and friends.  Maybe you could get a team from work together & ask your company to Match Fund?  Fundraising is made simple using our Just Giving page.

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We also welcome help on the day at Walk HQ and at the various checkpoints around the route.  The previous day, Friday 23 September, we need volunteers to walk the routes in teams putting up signs.

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We will be delighted to hear from walkers and also volunteer helpers.  In the meantime please use the “Contact Us” link to get involved or email the team on hertshike@gmail.com if you would like to know more.

 

 

 

 

 

Best wishes from the St Albans Oxfam Campaigns Group

Hilary Tyrrell 07849 041285

Sue Cockell  07535 695744

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