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Daniel Holbach

1308,42€ (£ 1055) raised for Oxfam


I’m going to take a leaf out of Michael’s book who wrote a great blog post about the 24h madness our team was involved in last week.

Many people supported us throughout the event. Friendly comments on IRC and social media, text messages from friends, people helping to organise the event and many many people who donated. I’d like to thank everyone who made this possible in whichever capacity.

I explained already why donating to Oxfam is a good idea, but I want to mention it again: everybody who donated did a good job helping people around the world to have to worry less and be able to grasp opportunities. Thanks everyone again.

Here’s the list of donors. They are all heroes.

  • Michael Hasselmann
  • David Collins
  • Kevin Jackson
  • Sébastien Bacher (seb128)
  • Rouven Sacha
  • William Anderson (neuro)
  • Christel Dahlskjaer
  • Anonymous (x7)
  • Stefan Himpich
  • Lemm Nelson
  • Thomas Kluyver
  • Laurence Saunders
  • Bruno Hildenbrand (w1ngnut)
  • Marcel
  • Tobias Bouchon
  • Mathieu Trudel-Lapierre
  • Arthur Talpaert
  • Sam Hewitt
  • Frau Ka
  • Phillipe Gauthier
  • sebsebseb Mageia contributor
  • Laura Czajkowski
  • Mitsuya Shibata
  • Richard Harding
  • Edeltrud, Klaus & Thomas
  • Daniel Marrable
  • Joel Wir?mu Pauling
  • Benjamin Kerensa
  • Robin Gloster (LocCom)
  • Sam
  • Thijs K
  • Gregor Herrmann
  • Mark Shuttleworth
  • Sebastian Carneiro
  • Bradley Crittenden
  • Tibbo
  • Iain Lane
  • Godmin
  • Jane Silber
  • Martin Pitt
  • Michelle Hall

You’ve all been very generous and I’m sure Oxfam will put it to good use.

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Daniel Holbach

So the Ubuntu Community Charity Marathon is in full swing and we are just getting into the 14th hour. We had a number of challenges posted already:

  • Nick is going to write a manpage for Debian for every 5 donations he gets which have ‘Debian’ in the comment.
  • Daniel is going to send patches to Debian for every donation with the word ‘Debian’.
  • Jono is going to shave his beard off if he hits £3000.

This is all very nice and everything, but now we reached a new point in this craziness: Alan Pope, Elvis imitator deluxe pledged to shave off his hair. Shave off his hair. If all of us get more donations in than Jono.

Popey, Elvis imitator deluxe

Popey, Elvis imitator deluxe

An easy fix for the situation above would be for example: if Jono gets 3000 pounds and each of us gets 3001. Tell you friends, help us out. This is going to be awesome and it’s all for a good cause.

Here to help you out:

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Daniel Holbach

On 4th October everyone on our team at Canonical will work for a solid 24 hours period and stream it live to the internet. It will be hard, but it will also be lots of fun and we do it to raise money for charities. We all picked different ones and you can get more info about each of us on the Marathon page.

So a few friends already asked me: “Why Oxfam?” and there are obviously many many fantastic charities to choose from, but I thought I’d go into a bit more detail about why I love the work they’re doing.

Oxfam’s mission statement is “We believe we can end poverty and injustice, as part of a global movement for change.”, which is something I very much identify with.

I have very early memories of my life in which I had seen reports of injustice, poverty or hunger in the news and asked my mom why we let something like that happen. I was appalled, why isn’t everyone having a good life as I did? Even nowadays I find it hard to explain this to kids, which in my mind is the best way to test how much sense you are making.

Learning about organisations which helped to solve some of these problems reinstated my hope in humanity and I’m glad it did, because you’d probably all know a much less cheerful Daniel if that hope wasn’t reinstated back in my early days.

Oxfam makes long-term commitments to areas, so even when the reporters are gone, they stay and help to make these region less prone to catastrophes. They form local partnerships because they know that locals often know best how to address issues – there is no self-righteous sense of mission involved here.

A common garden

A common garden

Watershed in Balandougou, Mali

Watershed in Balandougou, Mali

Take the Sahel region for example. Life is hard there, rainfall is minimal and with climate change life gets a lot harder. Infrastructure and the medical situation can be problems too. So when there’s a drought hunger relief is important, but it’s not everything. You need to invest into education, you need to make sure people can sustain themselves and can find other venues of supporting themselves and others.

Oxfam’s help and support comes in all the forms mentioned above and many more, which is what I love about them. Sometimes it is seemingly small things like “an oven which needs less wood”, which in turn leads to less deforestation (which is a huge problem anyway) and girls (who do most of the wood collecting) having more time for their studies.

While this is all great work already, Oxfam doesn’t stop there. They deeply understand that some of the world’s problems are not made locally, but globally. So they campaign for policy change in lots of relevant areas, be it related to climate change, speculation on food prices, saving energy, issues related to biofuel and many other issues. Demonstrating against a coal power plant in Germany is connected to problems in the Sahel region. Oxfam get this. We’re in this world together.

Oxfam is also creative and fun. Their Unwrapped Store is a great opportunity to give presents and also make the world a better place. What I love most is the pair of goats (picture below) – there were a few weddings where this was part of my gift.

Pair of goats

Pair of goats

Also have Oxfam been around since 1942 and they picked two very important points: poverty and injustice, which if granted to everyone would put them into a position where they can “exercise their human rights, assert their dignity as full citizens and take control of their lives.”

This got more lengthy than I expected, but as you can see I really like what they’re doing. I have been supporting them for a while, getting their quarterly reports and a few of my friends volunteered from them. I’m quite sure you don’t do anything wrong if you support them.

If you want to support Oxfam and think working for 24h for Oxfam is a good idea, please donate here. Thanks in advance, you’re a hero!

See you all on on 4th October.

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Daniel Holbach

I’m very happy with the plans of the Ubuntu NGO team this cycle. In short we want to:

  • have more regular meetings – once a month
  • get an overview of NGO-related blueprints in maverick (
  • come up with specific questions for interviews
  • work on stats/feedback from the interviews – find out what works very well for NGO – tools they’ve built on their own
  • put together spec and blog, post to mailing list announcing Manifest and create branch to make it easier for others to contribute
  • document set-up and install for common applications for NGOs
  • create Facebook group
  • investigate if there’s “NGO Planet websites” somewhere
  • find list of groups of websites and list of organisations
  • See if NGOs would consider document their work – best practices

If you’re interested in stuff that non-profits, NGOs and charities do, in Ubuntu and making the world a better place. Join the team and the mailing list and contribute!

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