Organiser’s Fundraising Plea to Carnival-goers

By Cait Sweeney at

Cowley Road Carnival is on 1 July and 50,000 revellers are expected to converge on the Road for this year’s festival to enjoy a day of activities and entertainment.
The cost of organising the event is £130,000 to cover all the aspect of event management and staging, safety, security and clean-up.

Cowley Road Works, the charity behind the Carnival, has launched its ‘Give a £1 to keep Carnival around’ campaign to encourage carnival-goers to donate a £1 – or more – towards covering theses costs.

Micaela Tuckwell, Executive Director of CRW said: “We spend the best part of a year planning this fantastic event which brings the community together, jam-packed with things to see and do. We would like to ask all those who come to donate towards covering the costs for organising the day.

“We aim to raise £20,000 from carnival-goers this year. With around 50,000 people expected, this should be an achievable objective.”

“We ask you to find one of our fundraising staff with their buckets on arrival and around the carnival site. They will be easy to spot, dressed in black T shirts with the slogan ‘Agents for Change’.

The fundraising team is being spearheaded by Mark Crampton-Smith, director of College & County and trustee of Cowley Road Works. He has recruited East Oxford estate agents Nicholas Jones Residential, College and County, Scott Fraser and Breckon and Breckon to join him in fundraising for the day.

Mark said: “I love carnival! It is part of what makes Cowley Rd such a special place.
“Many of the people attending the Carnival have no idea how much money it takes to make it happen…… neither do they know that the city provides about 20% of the funds needed……..We have only been able to raise a small amount on the “gate” in the past, whilst the average spend by the 50,000 people attending is over £25.00 it seemed crucial to try and persuade them to donate a pound or two towards the event itself………. I was therefore keen to challenge the letting and estate agents to “sell” the idea to visitors ………. and have set the target at £20k.”

“I am delighted that so many agents in Oxford clearly feel the same way!”

This year’s Carnival is on 1 July from 11am – 5pm. The procession is at 12.30 from The Plain. The Cowley Road will be closed from 8am – 7pm and bus diversions will be in place. To find out more about the Stagecoach diversions please see stagecoachbus.com/cowleycarnival and www.cowleyroadcarnival.co.uk