Poverty Alleviation Organisation enlists singers, actors and retired South African dignitaries to push cause

Scarlett Johansson has become the latest celebrity to join Oxfam’s Global Ambassador program, officially launched today. Scarlett decided to sign up following a trip to India and Sri Lanka where she visited young Dalit girls in a rural school, and survivors of the tsunami. She joins an influential group of international A-listers and global statespeople including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Colin Firth, Gael Garcia Bernal, Coldplay, Annie Lennox and Dame Helen Mirren.

?I want to be a part of the great work that Oxfam is doing, and am glad that by being an Ambassador I can continue to be involved with the organisation,? said Johansson. ?Once you?ve met amazing people like the Dalit girls I met on my trip you just can?t turn your back. I was shocked by a lot of what I saw, but seeing the fantastic work Oxfam was doing I also felt that there was hope.?

Singer, Annie Lennox agreed: “Its such a great honour to be part of Oxfam and act as their Ambassador. I truly feel that the more voices that unite behind Oxfam’s work and become part of this global campaigning force the more real change we can affect. The outcomes of the G8 this year are a disappointment and we must not allow politicians and governments to get away with breaking promises around health and education, which are essential for developing nations. I am in this fight for the long term and proud to stand side by side with Oxfam and it’s work.”

Oxfam has benefited for many years from the support of numerous celebrities around the world, whose dedication and commitment continue to make a huge contribution to its work. The new Global Ambassador programme will formalise relationships with some of the organisation’s most well-known supporters and enable them to go further in their work to help Oxfam meet its goals of overcoming poverty and injustice.

Oxfam also continues to be grateful to celebrities from the worlds of music, theatre, art and sports who also support the charity

Oxfam International is a confederation of 13 organisations working together with over 3,000 partners in more than 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice.

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