Aber Oxjam 2012: Local volunteers organise a music event for Oxfam

ABER Oxjam had been gradually building throughout the past month until the climatic event arrived at the Students’ Union on Thursday 11th October.  The group of volunteers took over Aberystwyth Bandstand on Saturday 29th September with a ‘Buskathon’ and raised £178.98.  The volunteers that founded the group brought local bands and the community together to raise money for Oxfam’s work fighting poverty around the world.  On the Aber Oxjam night, nine acts in total played, including The Cymbelines, Benign Sun and Chalice.

The show forms part of a promotional event for the Oxjam month of music which runs through the whole of October.  Oxjam is a festival with a difference; thousands of fundraising music events are put on by ordinary people, making it the biggest line-up of any music festival in the UK.  Aberystwyth’s Thursday event pushed their total funds raised to over £800!

Laura Lee, who is organising the event, said: “I’m really glad to have set up an Oxjam event in Aberystwyth.  Not only is it benefiting impoverished communities around the world, but it’s bringing Aberystwyth together to appreciate local musicians and highlighting Oxfam’s campaigns.”  During October, more than 800 venues, 9,000 volunteers, 7,000 musicians and 150,000 audience members will enable Oxjam to raise at least £350,000 for Oxfam’s work.

The highlight of the month-long festival will be the Oxjam Takeover, a series of city-wide mini-festivals taking place in 44 locations across the UK, from Aberdeen to Bournemouth on the weekend of 20th and 21st October 2012. During a single weekend, over 2000 musicians will perform to an audience of more than 40,000, all raising money to help Oxfam fight poverty worldwide.

To find out what Oxjam events are going on in your area this October, visit www.oxfam.org.uk/oxjam or call 0300 200 1255.

For more information, please contact Laura Lee at [email protected]