Trócaire urge Kilkenny people to support their Christmas campaign

Shauna Mc Hugh

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Trócaire  urge Kilkenny people to support their Christmas campaign

People in Kilkenny will provide life-saving support to families living in some of the poorest countries in the world this Christmas by supporting the ‘Gifts of Love’ campaign, Trócaire has said.

Launching the 2018 Christmas Gifts range, the Irish development agency revealed that generous people in Co Kilkenny spent over €5,700 on the charity’s gift campaign last year, allowing Trocaire to bring vital support to more than 200 families.

This support provided people in the developing world with clean water, essential seeds and tools, livestock and help with education, the charity said.

Trócaire CEO Caoimhe de Barra explained: “We would like to thank all of our generous supporters who have bought Trócaire Gifts over the years. The gifts, ranging from soap and chicks through to shelter and water wells, have a huge impact right across the world. This vital support helps families living in some of the poorest areas and most testing conditions, including regions in South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Honduras and Guatemala.”

Since it was first launched in 2000, Trócaire’s Christmas Gifts campaign has sold more than 920,000 gifts and raised almost €38m for Trócaire’s work supporting families affected by long-term poverty overseas.

Caoimhe added: “I would like to thank the people of Kilkenny for the incredible generosity they continue to show us each Christmas which supports our work in over 20 developing countries.”

There are 14 Trócaire gifts to choose from, ranging in price from €5 to €1000 such as chicks, beehives and solar lamps. This year, there are also a number of new additions including ‘Help for Grandparents’ which will support those who are raising their grandchildren in the developing world following the loss of parents to accidents, illness or war.

You can buy Trócaire gifts online or by calling 1850 408 408, from Veritas stores country wide. Alternatively, a Trócaire One4all gift card can be bought at all Post Offices.