Glastonbury teams with Oxfam to raise money for refugees
One of the UK’s biggest festivals has teamed up with the international humanitarian relief organization, Oxfam, to respond to the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis. Glastonbury Festival will be auctioning off “experiences” through Oxfam’s eBay store. Items for sale include five tickets to the festival in 2016, a chance to DJ there before a crowd of thousands, a tour of the festival grounds with founder (and English dairy farmer) Michael Eavis, and the opportunity to press a fire-igniting button which engulfs the festival’s signature Arcadia spider.
Most of the auction items listed are over $1,500, and the most expensive offering runs the buyer a $7,145 tab. If there ever were a time when price inflation could be considered appropriate, though, that time is now. All proceeds will go towards Oxfam’s Refugee Crisis Emergency Appeal, and directly aid displaced victims. The fund provides safe drinking water, clothing, toiletries and sanitation to Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon, as well as those who have sought refuge in Europe.
Oxfam’s deputy chief executive officer expressed his gratitude towards Glastonbury, commenting how “we are so grateful to Glastonbury Festival for donating the items for this amazing auction. All the money raised will help refugees far from their homes who are enduring heartbreaking situations. Once again we are touched by Glastonbury’s generosity, kindness and support.”
Check out the store here.