Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


It’s the Camel that counts this Christmas

Forget Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh – it’s the Camel that counts this Christmas

Wise men and women need look no further than ChildFund’s Yuletide hero

This Christmas, child sponsorship experts ChildFund New Zealand suggests Kiwis consider a gift guaranteed to get people talking this season. When shopping for that difficult person to buy for, a bonafide camel can leave a heart-warming impression. It doesn’t even require wrapping.

Through ChildFund’s Gifts that Grow Christmas catalogue, the Camel debuts as a perfect Christmas gift when donated to an African family in need. There they are highly valued as reliable providers of transport for people, couriers of heavy loads and generators of nutritious milk for malnourished children.

For many New Zealand families Christmas is often a time where requests from tweens and teenagers for pricey electronic toys are relentless. For a comparative cost, the Camel is an enduring gift that doesn’t need upgrading when the new version is launched.

ChildFund CEO Paul Brown says “Camels are a great reminder of the real values of Christmas. They look after communities by helping those travelling long distances, transporting vital materials, and nourishing those who are hungry with their milk.

“They might have a reputation for being the grump of the desert, but once you earn a camel’s respect, they are also very kind-natured and loyal animals. I’m sure we all know a person with these qualities who would enjoy the subtle innuendo of this gift.”

Camels are the tip of the iceberg for the wider range of Christmas gifts in ChildFund’s catalogue. If the Camel itself is beyond the Christmas budget, there are many gifts that deliver similar benefits to families in need the developing countries ChildFund works.

· To help with transport, a bicycle for a child to make the long journey to and from school with ease is $162

· To provide essential nutrients for malnourished children, nutrition packs for $33 are a great alternative

· You can gift a lifetime of clean water for a child, also benefitting 2,000 other children for $49

· Or quench the whole village with a water hand pump for $386

ChildFund is in its seventh year since pioneering the Gifts that Grow catalogues. Since then, socially-minded Kiwis have gifted over 60,000 animals to those in need.

“Whether it’s a Christmas Camel, or fruit seeds for an orchard, wise men and women know the real spirit of Christmas is about giving. We are so privileged to be living where we are here in New Zealand – this is the perfect time to help out others less fortunate.”


How to gift a Christmas Camel:
Kiwis can purchase a camel for a family living in poverty for $631 (one transaction per camel purchase). You will receive a special gift card explaining the gift and how it will benefit the recipient. To view the full range of Gifts that Grow Christmas items visit www.childfund.org.nz or call 0800 808 822.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

To date, the Opposition has continued to occupy itself with the marginalia of the issue. E.g. whether Key did or didn’t know whether Barack Obama would be present at the US briefing last week on IS, or whether New Zealand’s military involvement is or isn’t already a fait accompli.

It might be better to tackle the issue, head on. Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn.
More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Tea Breaks 'Gone By Lunch Time'

“How cynical that on the eve of Labour weekend, the National government is pushing through legislation that takes away the statutory right to tea and meal breaks along with collective bargaining protections, and makes vulnerable workers jobs even less secure." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

We’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations… More>>

ALSO:

PM Of Many Hats: Questions, No Answers On Whale Oil

Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader – Green) to the Prime Minister: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): None in my capacity as Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Aussie Investigation Dropped: Call On Minister McCully To Pursue The Case Of Balibo Five

West Papua Action is deeply concerned at the lack of any clear outcome from the Australian Federal Police inquiry into the 1975 deaths of the ‘Balibo Five’ including NZ journalist Gary Cunningham. More>>

ALSO:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary Education: Students Doing It Tough As Fees Rise Again

The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. More>>

ALSO:

Housing, Iraq: PM Press Conference – 20 October 2014

Prime Minister John Key met with press today to discuss:
• Housing prices and redevelopment in Auckland
• Discussions with Tony Abbott on the governmental response to ISIS, and New Zealand’s election to the UN Security Council More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news