The Christmas (Michaelmas) term was all about getting new people involved, and what better way than a party! Fear not for this was our Roots & Shoots fundraising extravganza. To raise enough money to send our books to Madagascar we held a Malagasy themed party deep in the heart of Keble College’s bar. With music and traditional treats and sweets we raised a phenomenal £210.64, setting us in great stead. Here’s our fancy event poster.
The Easter (Hilary) term was a busy one for Oxford University Roots & Shoots. We kicked things off by bringing in some new members at a tea party for all the university freshers. Attendance was rapid, but it was really useful to catch up with all the other university charities to see what everyone has been getting up to.
A film night quickly followed. This time it was the turn for ‘Food Inc’ a terrifying documentary about industrial food production. This one really made us think about our own diets and prompted some great discussions about where to buy local ethical food in Oxford.
A few weeks later we teamed up with a local community project, Oxgrow, to plant over 1000 trees for their new woodland development. A very wet day, but worth it knowing in 10 years there will be a forest with some real Roots & Shoots roots. Here’s their fancy new blog http://oxgrow.org/ and some photos from the day
With the summer (Trinity) term just about to get into full swing we’re reaching the most exciting stage of the group. As of 11th May Roots & Shoots volunteers will start teaching about climate change, recycling and a whole host of other issues to primary school children at Cuttlestowe school in North Oxford. Despite all the plans laid its getting close and Sarah, our amazing project co-ordinator, and I are getting nervous. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.
As for the rest of term we’ve got a belated easter egg hunt in the works along with an ethical food shop. Here we will take students around a supermarket and show them how to shop as ethically as possible.
until next time,
best wishes from the Oxford University Roots & Shoots Team