people place gifts for the developing world at the top of their Christmas shopping lists, spending €60,929 on Trocaire’s Christmas gifts last year.
Trocaire’s 2008 Christmas gift campaign was launched this week. Speaking about last year’s campaign director Justin Kilcullen said: “It is clear from these figures that people from Mayo think beyond friends and family when buying their Christmas presents. By purchasing Trocaire gifts at Christmas, Mayo has made its mark in countries as far away as Malawi and Honduras. As part of an Irish effort to support the world’s poorest at Christmas, Trocaire has given over 500,000 Christmas gifts to families overseas from new homes for people in India, to livestock for African families, to school kits for poor children in Haiti, and the list goes on.
“When you buy a Christmas gift from Trocaire it’s hard to imagine the huge effect your purchase will have on a family far away. But that’s the truth of it. We are constantly speaking to families who show us how Trocaire’s Christmas gifts have changed their lives.”
Praising County Mayo for its generosity, Justin added: “Trocaire sold 75,000 Christmas gifts last year and could not have reached so many families overseas without the support we received from Mayo. We hope that people throughout Mayo will continue to support our Christmas campaign generously again this year so we can help even more families.”
To purchase a Trocaire Global Gift log onto www.trocaire.org/globalgift or callsave Trocaire at 1850 408 408.