The Charity I am raising money for is Oxfam Austraila.
Oxfam Australia is very closely aligned to Christina’s own cultural values and life-goals. It is a charity that has been working for over 50 years in improving the lives and environment of the world’s poor.
Oxfam’s vision is to:
‘…increase the number of people who have a sustainable livelihood, access to social services, an effective voice in decisions, equal rights and status, and safety from conflict and disaster.’
They do this through the belief that the poor in this world can solve their own problems if given the right support. Oxfam Australia supports long-term projects that contribute to better education and health, better water and sanitation, as well as by providing rapid and meaningful response to disasters and emergencies in poverty stricken areas.
Oxfam Australia, in particular, has a strong presence in both Sri Lanka and India, two countries that Christina visited only weeks before her untimely death.
Both these countires, despite their rapid development and growth, suffer extensively under the burden of pverty. In January 2011, flash floods in Sri Lanka affected more than 1 million people, and displaced 33,000 families. But it was barely noted within the media as an incident here in Australia due to the sheer number and magnitude of the disasters we have been experiencing so far this year ourselves. Oxfam Australia, however, with the help of the Australian people, was there helping in these communities, who had been finally rebuilding after the years of war and the 2004 tsunami. Life is fragile in these regions. Life is tough. And they still need our assistance, perhaps more now than ever.
My goal, is to raise $10,000 for the Oxfam Australia General Fund, so that they may continue their hard work in these struggling regions, and so that Christina’s memory might continue to contribute positively to this world despite her passing.