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Congratulations to Oscar-winning Oxfam Ambassador Colin Firth

Congratulations to Oscar-winning Oxfam Ambassador Colin Firth

February 28, 2011

“We are delighted to see Colin’s talent and achievements being recognized and applauded by his peers in the film industry, as well as enjoyed by audiences across the globe," said Jeremy Hobbs, director of Oxfam International.

"Colin may be a huge star and a busy actor, but he also finds the time to be an extremely hard-working ambassador for Oxfam. He’s a sincere and dedicated champion for poor people, who puts a lot of energy and passion into campaigning, fundraising and advocacy work.”

Over the last 10 years, Colin has regularly spoken on behalf of Oxfam. As one of the main supporters of Oxfam’s Make Trade Fair campaign, he has lobbied hard on behalf of millions of poor people disadvantaged by unfair trade rules.

He has represented Oxfam in high level meetings with the head of the World Trade Organization, the EU Trade Commissioner and the UK Trade Minister. In 2005, Colin traveled to Ethiopia with Oxfam, where he met coffee farmers struggling to bear the burden of collapsed world coffee prices. Following the trip, he lobbied on behalf of Ethiopian coffee farmers in their dispute with Starbucks over rights to the names of some of the country’s most famous coffees.

“Colin uses his global fame and popularity to speak out for those whose poverty denies them a voice," Hobbs continued. "He has built up a reputation as a highly knowledgeable and respected campaigner, and his worldwide recognition helps Oxfam reach audiences around the world. He plays a very active role supporting Oxfam’s work tackling poverty and injustice, immersing himself in the issues and getting involved in any activities he can. He genuinely is a real asset to the organization.”

Colin’s humanitarian work for Oxfam was recognized in 2006, when he won the European Voice Campaigner of the Year Award for representing the interests of poor countries at World Trade Organization talks. In 2008, he won the inaugural Philanthropist of the Year Award from US magazine The Hollywood Reporter. He won the BAFTA Britannia Humanitarian Award in 2009.


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