Big man, bigger mountain: one man’s odyssey to Africa’s greatest peak

Image credit: Chris 73/Wikimedia Commons. Description: Mount Kilimanjaro. It’s 3am. I’m stumbling uncontrollably. It’s dark, cold and I’m relying entirely on other people to show me where to go. No, I’m not drunk, I’m 5000m or so up the world’s tallest free-standing mountain.  Record Scratch.  I bet you’re wondering how I got here? Over a […]

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Volunteering for change: identifying responsible overseas charity work

Much has been published criticising the phenomenon of ‘voluntourism’, whereby individuals (often students) mix foreign holidays with voluntary work for NGOs. With social media littered with images of westerners hugging young African children, it is easy to appreciate why critics accuse voluntourism of trivialising poverty, treating it as a spectacle, rather than a complex issue […]

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Charities elected in 2017 RAG ballot

Balloting for the RAG charities vote which took place last week, closed on Thursday 9th February at 6pm. Oxford Raise and Give supports four charities a year; two national or international, and two local. The charities, chosen in a ballot each year share the profits of RAG’s fundraising activities over the course of the next […]

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Preview: Music for Mental Health

Lucy Thraves, a recent Music graduate from Christ Church college, is one who understands how the pressures and prejudices of life at Oxford can affect students. While the mishandling of mental health issues among the student body is now something of an open secret, thanks to numerous brave articles published in The Tab, Cherwell, and […]

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Oxhub Spotlight: Project Soup

Project Soup saw in 2nd week with a lot of crusty bread and yummy social action (did I mention the soup?). Over 80 students and Oxford residents came together in East Oxford Community Centre to share soup, cake and live music. The main feature of the night was listening to pitches from 6 different social […]

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Oxfordshire County Council forced to make unpopular cuts to local charities

Oxfordshire County Council have announced a further £23 million of short term budget cuts, despite protestations from charities in the region who rely on their support. The specificities of the savings are being decided in a consultation project called ‘Talking Oxford’, with the Council explaining: ‘As government reduces funding to local government, the County Council […]

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