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Rapid Responses

Charity Oxfam GB has supported over 400,000 people in humanitarian emergencies, with help from our players
Carlitos with an Oxfam GB Lifesaver cube, which helps convert raw water into clean and safe drinking water

People's Postcode Lottery players are helping Oxfam GB to respond to a humanitarian emergency at any given moment.

On average, the charity is responding in 30 different countries across the globe, many of which are suffering from the effects of climate change and unpredictable weather patterns.

In March 2019, Cyclone Idai devastated the lives of nearly three million people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Six weeks later, Cyclone Kenneth hit, bringing torrential rains to northern Mozambique. The UN Secretary General declared this "one of the worst-weather related catastrophes in the history of Africa".

Saving Lives

Thanks to the support of our players, the Oxfam GB initial response has supported 449,358 people. This has included setting up water treatment facilities, providing Oxfam GB's innovative Lifesaver cubes and hygiene kits to help contain the cholera outbreak.

People living in the world's poorest countries receive around £2.40 per year - less than a penny per day - to protect themselves from the impacts of the climate crisis. The world's poorest people have contributed the least to the climate emergency, but are suffering the most.

Our players also supported Oxfam GB's #SecondHandSeptember campaign. This encouraged people to pledge to not buy any new clothes for 30 days, helping to reduce the harmful effects 'fast fashion' has on people and planet. Oxfam GB research shows that buying one new white cotton shirt produces the same amount emissions as driving a car for 35 miles.

Incredible Charities Worldwide

If you're interesting in helping amazing charities like Oxfam GB, why not sign up to play People's Postcode Lottery? 32% of the ticket price goes to these worthy causes and our players have raised over £486 Million so far. Not only that, our players can also win fantastic Prizes. Find out How It Works and sign up today!

You can also find out more about getting involved with, or helping charities like Oxfam GB in our How To Help guide.

The Lifesaver cube

Published: 14/10/2019

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