Emergency fundraising

Syrian refugees. Photo:Sam TarlingAt any one time Oxfam is responding to around 25 emergencies worldwide. Right now, that includes responding to the urgent needs of refugees fleeing Syria every day. Almost 11 million people have fled their homes and are in need of shelter, food, water and medical care.

Fundraising for our emergency work will help save lives.

Our emergency aid includes targeted food distribution, providing clean water and sanitation, as well as cash for food, health promotion, animal health support and disaster risk reduction. It's life-saving work. And we wouldn't be able to do it without people getting together and fundraising for us.

What can I do?

Organise a fundraiser

Get your friends, family and colleagues together to raise money for emergencies. Just $50 raised by a cake sale could help provide life-saving clean water to those in need. In fact, whatever the fundraising activity the outcome remains the same - you'll save lives.

If you organise a public event such as a concert or movie night we can help get the word out through promotion on Facebook and Twitter. Contact us at oxfam@oxfam.org.nz for more information.

Set up a fundraising page

Create your own online fundraising page. You can promote it to your family and friends and ask them to donate, post updates and photos about your fundraising event and track your progress towards your fundraising goal.

Set up a general fundraising page

Here are some of our top ideas for emergency fundraisers

Collection point

Organise a local collection where there are a lot of generous people. It's simple, but effective. Aaron Crown raised $1300 by organising regular collections at a local theatre. His fundraising was boosted by the event's organiser announcing his collection before the interval. So make sure you announce that you are fundraising for Oxfam.

Host a quiz

The easiest and most effective way is to contact a locally run pub quiz and ask them to donate the money raised at one week's quiz to your emergency fundraising. Combine this event with a raffle and raise an extra $100. You could get in touch with local shops and businesses for free raffle prizes. Alternatively you could organise your own quiz. For some ideas download the Oxfam Trailwalker pub quiz pack

Bake sale

Everyone loves cake and raising money from a bake sale is quick and simple. You don't need to make lots of plans in advance - just get your friends and family involved with the baking. Or you could ask a local business to help you out by donating some delicious cakes. Email us at Oxfam@oxfam.org.nz and we can provide colourful Oxfam balloons, stickers and posters for a cake stall no one will miss. Set it up someplace busy where people have their money at hand.

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