The Oxford Roots & Shoots ‘Madagascar campaign’ sprung to life in May 2010, just towards the end of the academic year. Josia Razafindramanana gave us a kick start to our projects, having coordinated Roots & Shoots in Madagascar. We began with our end of academic year book collection, with desperately needed books to be sent to schools and universities in Madagascar. Students from across the university donated 9 boxes of books and set us the awesome task of raising £800 to ship them to Madagascar.
This new academic year we have been able to devote more time to our project and are underway with plans for a Malagasy themed fundraising night in approximately 3 weeks time. The highlight of the evening will be entertainment in the form of traditional Malagasy music, yet we intend to wow our guests with exotic nibbles, drinks and decorations. By charging entry and for specific food and drink we hope to raise the fund necessary to send these sorely needed books to schools and universities in Madagascar.
Josia, currently in Madagascar, has told us of plans for a welcoming party for the books when they are set to arrive sometime this Christmas: A truly inspiring thought. Yet we all know that this can only happen if we find the drive, and means, to bring such a valued present to the Malagasy schools in need.