Friday, June 05, 2020

Matt LeBlanc aka Joey Tribianni in a scene from Friends.

Oxfam Ireland has launched a fun challenge – the #JoeyChallenge4Oxfam – to encourage people to declutter and save their donations for when their local Oxfam shop reopens on June 8.

The Joey Challenge encourages people to showcase their unwanted items by re-creating the infamous scene from popular television when Joey Tribbiani puts on as many layers of clothes as possible.

 At the start of April, along with many other businesses, Oxfam Ireland made the difficult decision to close its network of shops – to protect staff, volunteers and customers – and to play its part in the country’s response to COVID-19.

Catherine Cunniffe, Shop Manager of Oxfam Castlebar said: “Our shops play a vital role in raising much-needed funds for Oxfam’s work globally – they are central to ensuring we can continue to protect and support some of the most vulnerable people in the world.

 “Today, we are calling on local people to drop their donations of clothes, accessories and bric-a-brac to us at Link Road. Ahead of opening our doors on June 8, our staff and volunteers will be in the shop getting it safety-ready to recommence business – and we will gladly accept your pre-loved items.

“The reality is, after more than two months of closure, your donations are needed more than ever – especially as we respond to the threat of COVID-19 in some of the most fragile places on earth.”

So, how does Oxfam’s Joey Challenge work?

First things first, if you haven’t already, get decluttering! Oxfam shops accept clothes, shoes, accessories, bric-a-brac, books, DVDs and more. Once you have gathered your items for donation show Oxfam what you’ve got – Joey style! Take a photo of you and your donations and post it on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #JoeyChallenge4Oxfam, making sure to nominate a friend. You can go original by putting on as many layers of clothing as possible, or try one of Oxfam’s alternative (and fun) Joey Challenges:

 Once you have completed your Joey Challenge box or bag up your unwanted items and drop them to Oxfam Castlebar

 To find out more about the #JoeyChallenge4Oxfam visit: https://stories.oxfamireland.org/joeychallenge4oxfam/

Oxfam Castlebar is located on Link Road, Castlebar and can be reached by telephone or email with any queries from the public about dropping off donations: 094-90-34876/[email protected]

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