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Thursday, 11 December 2008

Looking to avoid having an overly commercial Christmas? Would you like to feel that your gift to someone makes a huge difference in the life of someone in poverty? Eleanor McEvoy, singer/songwriter and Oxfam patron, joins us to discuss gifts that benefit an organization or a charity.

No 1 - Oxfam Ireland - Unwrapped.
Unwrapped is an initiative that sends meaningful gifts like clean drinking water, school books, vegetable gardens, piglets, goats, chickens etc., throughout Africa. Eleanor will have a gift wrapped bag of potatoes and a gift wrapped bucket to show viewers what the gifts look like.
How it works:
The gift giver receives a gift card which they can send to the receiver but the gift goes to a family or community in the countries where Oxfam work. The gift goes to those who need it the most.

No 2 - Bóthar Ireland
Bóthar's innovative scheme sends Irish dairy cows and goats to needy families in developing countries. The animals flourish in regions with a temperate climate not unlike our own here in Ireland. The cows Bóthar send give an average of 20 litres of milk per day, that's more milk than the local breeds of cattle provide. Some cows are so well cared for by the recipients they give over 40 litres a day. Bóthar enables families and communities worldwide to overcome hunger and poverty and to restore the environment in a sustainable way. They specialise in improved livestock production and support related training and community development.

No 3 - Heart Children Ireland.
The Christmas Heart Children Ireland and their charity partner Home Retail group are selling fun Christmas toast stamps through their Argos and Home base Stores. All proceeds from the Irish sales will go to Heart Children Ireland. The idea is to make toast interesting and add a bit of festive cheer. Turn boring bread into an inspiration by embossing an imprint of Santa and his sleigh or a Christmas tree on to your child's toast. Simply push the stamp onto the bread before you toast it; pop it into the toaster and, when it's toasted, you'll see a festive piece of toast in minutes.
Available in Home base and Argos stores throughout Ireland for a €2 donation.Heart Children Ireland is a voluntary organisation. Founded in 1991 by a group of parents whose children were born with congenital heart defects (CHD) and who met when they were being treated in Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin. Miriam O'Callaghan is their charity ambassador.

No 4. Trócaire Global Gift Guide
The gift ranges includes school lunches for €10, an Olive tree for €20, seeds and tools for €35, goats for €45, mother and child gifts for €60.
You order your gift, a gift pack with an illustrated gift card is posted to you, along with a gift certificate, you sign it and send it to whomever your recipient is so they can hang it on their tree, your donation is then used to buy the gift in a local area of one of Trócaire's countries and a family and community receive a life changing gift.

No 5. Friends for Friends Aids Charity.
A Charity CD - The Very Best of MTUSA Vol. 2 is on sale. Price €21.99 (Following the success of last year's MTUSA Vol 1.) A donation from the proceeds of every album will be made to the AIDS Charity Friends for Friends.
Remember Vincent Hanley or Fab Vinnie as we knew him? He was our Sunday afternoon saviour on MTUSA, bringing us groundbreaking gossip, music videos - in fact MTUSA was the first pop music video show in Europe. The show became a smash hit and Bill Hughes came on board as a producer in 1985. Sadly Vincent died in February 1987 - just seven weeks earlier the final show was broadcast.