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Give Mum A Goat For Mother's Day

Give Mum A Goat For Mother's Day

For Immediate Release: 02/05/05

Aid organisation TEAR Fund is offering New Zealanders the chance to buy their mums something really different this Mother's Day.

TEAR Fund New Zealand's Gift for Life catalogue includes items like a goat, a fly-free toilet, or a literacy teacher.

"We send anyone who buys an item a beautiful card to give to their mother, with a picture and description of the gift, but the goat or toilet goes to a person who really needs it in a developing country like Afghanistan or Cambodia," says TEAR Fund Executive Director Steve Tollestrup.

The catalogue was hugely popular last Christmas. "A lot of people who buy gifts from this catalogue are really wanting to do something different from candles and bath salts."

The catalogue includes nine items, which range in price from $25 for a midwife kit, to $400, which buys a playground for Ugandan orphans.

Other unusual gifts include cows, schoolbooks, Microenterprise loans and toys for hospitalised children in Iraq.

"When spent in the right place, even a small amount of money can make a significant difference. Gifts in this catalogue empower entire communities, bring hope to those in desperate need," says Stephen Tollestrup.

For a copy of the Gift for Life catalogue, contact TEAR Fund freephone on 0800 800 777 or to purchase items online visit the website www.tearfund.org.nz


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