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The DEC appeal for the dire situation in Haiti has naturally overshadowed the ongoing Oxfam fundraising campaign. No doubt it will still be vital to help Haiti prepare for a future with a more unstable climate, so unless the campaigns are changed or conflated, our Haiti/literary quiz will go ahead as planned at the end of February(exact date to be confirmed). Money from that, combined with donations collected instore, will go to this climate change fund, and not disaster relief.
It’s a brutal irony that it has taken a major catastrophe to root the plight of Haiti in the public consciousness. We hope that a co-ordinated relief effort can soon work to full capacity to help these people rebuild their lives.

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I felt this was worth a reference as the new editor, Alex Barker, was impressed enough with our own shop blog to link us on their blogroll (our first decent offer of a link!). They are also in the process of building up a readership so please go and bookmark or subscribe to the feed. I’ll post their link at the end of this post.

Our own site is up to mid-page3 of google search “oxfam books”. If we could get it onto page 1 by end of year that would do nicely. It’s tricky being a start-up blog with enough content to be off and running but not yet enough to get linked by better known blogs. I’ve approached a few excellent DIY book-sites recently and as yet, no joy. Early days but..

http://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/content/books/default.html

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Haiti: an emergency appeal

No doubt most of you will have seen the news that a major earthquake has struck Haiti, just 10 miles from the capital of Port-au-Prince. Oxfam has an appeal currently running for the country (raising funds so that we can help manage the devastating effects of Climate Change there) but there is now an emergency fund open so that we can provide water and sanitation. Haiti is the poorest country in the western world and an event like this is going to be an enormous strain on infrastructure, not to mention the social and psychological trauma that will result from loss of life and home. Any money, anything at all that you can donate will help and you can donate through the Oxfam website or in any Oxfam shop from today.

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We are back.

Hello to 2010. Remember all those Christmasses where you looked out the window at clear roads and green lawns and thought ‘wish it would snow, this is not very Christmassy’. Yes? Well…

Plenty to blog about in the upcoming months. Cliffnotes:

Annual crime month – annual postcard sale – retro kids sale (including large collection of ladybird books) – second literary quiz: raising funds for Haiti –  Oxfam Bookfest 2010

We also hope to improve our online presence, driving more traffic to this blog, making more use or twitter and facebook to inform and promote and increasing awareness of our ebay and amazon selling points (any veteran bloggers/e-sellers out there feel free to share tips!).

There’ll be more as it happens but that’s the bones of it for now.  Stay posted now..

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