As I'm sure you are aware this year has not been easy for Oxfam. Of course, the behaviour of seven former Oxfam employees in Haiti was completely inexcusable and Oxfam has been the first to admit it.
What we might remember is why Oxfam was there in the first place. They were combatting a terrible cholera epidemic caused by people drinking polluted river water which killed nearly 8,000 Haitians over a period of two years, following the devastation created by an earthquake.
As a result of the savage attacks by the majority of the press those of us who care passionately about the continuation of Oxfam's work are trying harder than ever to ensure that that works goes on.
I was overwhelmed by the many messages of support I received when the news broke. People phoned, told me when they
met me they would continue to support Oxfam, some took extra donations into our shops and I even got flowers!
Of course, Oxfam are having to cut back on projects and in other ways which is heart-breaking for the beneficiaries but it is still a strong and valued organisation and with 76 years' experience, is still doing wonderful and lifesaving work often in very dangerous situations.
In this 33rd year I need your generosity more than ever before. So
please sponsor my cardboard friend who will be "fasting" with me for
28 hours at Sainsbury's on Friday 12th, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th of October.
Together we can still make the world a fairer place and give those who exist in grinding poverty a chance to help themselves.
Thank you for reading this letter and for your wonderful generosity in the
With all good wishes
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