This year Oxfam asked Glastonbury to support their ‘Love Syria’ campaign. The festival was the charity’s biggest opportunity of the summer to encourage people to show solidarity for the people of Syria who are suffering an unprecedented crisis.
Violent conflict has forced over six million Syrian people from their homes, 1.6m of whom are now refugees in neighbouring countries. They include schoolchildren, students, musicians, accountants, and teachers – people from every walk of life who’ve lost everything. Oxfam is aiming to reach 650,000 people in the coming months, however the massive surge in refugee numbers and the scale of the crisis is leaving relief agencies overstretched and struggling to cope.
At Glastonbury this year Oxfam had a team of sixty campaigners roaming the site asking people to support the campaign by posing for photos sharing a heart symbol, wearing a badge, having their face painted and, most importantly, signing the charity’s petition for more aid and peace. The campaigners secured an incredible 10,000 signatures at the Festival, and hundreds of people showed their support by posing for photographs making it one of the most successful Oxfam festival campaigns to date.
The charity also provided over 2,000 stewards, helping people through the gates and keeping the Festival ticking along without a hitch. Three Oxfam shops on site provided vintage gems from hats to woollies all of which was raising vital funds for the charities work with poor people all around the world.
If you’d like to stand by the families of Syria, then please sign Oxfam’s online petition.