Chickens most popular Gorta gift in Galway for 2012

Gorta recently launched its 2013 Give: with Lifetime Gifts’ Christmas catalogue and has revealed that a flock of chickens was the most popular gift in Galway last year.

Gorta’s chairman Sean Gaule said: “Christmas is traditionally a time of giving and what better gift can you give than the gift of life. These gifts are truly life-changing for many families and communities in our countries of work, which are predominately in east Africa.

“For example, a flock of chickens for just €20, which was very popular in Galway last year, can lift a family out of poverty by giving them a nutritious supply of eggs and poultry. Chickens are easy to keep and their produce can generate income when sold at market. This gift also provides a family with essential training on how to rear and keep the chicks.

“There is always a great sense of optimism and goodwill at this time of year and that generosity is crucial to Gorta. This year, we’re hoping that people and businesses across the county will get behind us and support our Christmas campaign once again.”

The catalogue has a range of ethical gifts to choose from and means that the Christmas shopping list can go a little bit further this year and help those who need it most. Gifts include mosquito nets (€12 ), goats (€35 ) and mother and child care (€60 ). For those looking to make a larger donation, an essential farm tools kit (€250 ) or safe drinking water for a community (€500 ) can be purchased from the online store.

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