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

Greek Riddles:
Gordon Campbell On The Recent Smackdown Over Greece

There had been a fortnight of fevered buildup. Yet here we are in the aftermath of the February 28 showdown between the new Syriza government in Greece and the European Union “troika” and… no-one seems entirely sure what happened. Did the asteroid miss Earth?

It seems to have. The EU still exists. Syriza is now claiming a victory of sorts. It doesn’t help that the only people who do appear to be sure (the Greeks buckled) are claiming the exact opposite to what the other group (the Greeks won!) are saying. Plus, there are bets either way e.g. Bloomberg News: “Its too early to say who caved in to whom.” More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Iraq: Ex-Hostage Says Government Not Putting NZers, Iraqis First

Harmeet Singh Sooden is travelling to Iraq in the coming weeks to work with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) on a short-term assignment. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Statement: Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting

Prime Minister Key warmly welcomed Prime Minister Abbott and Mrs Abbott to New Zealand. The visit has enabled wide-ranging and substantive discussion that has underlined the strength, value, diversity and warmth of our trans-Tasman relationship. More>>

ALSO:

Press Conference: Peters To Stand In Northland By-Election

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters has announced his intention to stand in the Northland by-election, citing his own links to the electorate and ongoing neglect of the region by central government. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Wage Hike For MPs (and Paul Robeson)

Hard to tell what is more infuriating. Is it the 5.3% increase on the already bloated salaries of MPs, or their pantomime of outrage at being gifted with such a wonderful back-dated bonanza? More>>

ALSO:

No Designers Or Visual Artists: Flag Panel Members Announced

The Government has appointed 12 New Zealanders as members of the Flag Consideration Panel which will engage with the public about a possible new New Zealand flag, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English says. More>>

ALSO:

Labour MP Stands Down From Portfolio: Comment From Carmel Sepuloni

The first I knew of my mother’s charges was when I was called by a reporter yesterday. I spoke to Andrew and we agreed there is a conflict of interest at the present time which means I will temporarily stand aside from the Social Development portfolio. It’s the right thing to do… . More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Whether NZ Troops Are The Least Of Islamic State’s Problems

Given that it has been politically packaged and sold as a training mission, the Iraq deployment announced yesterday by Prime Minister John Key seemed to be mysteriously short of actual trainers... The other wing of the argument is whether a troop deployment is (a) the only effective way and (b) the appropriate time to combat Islamic State. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news