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A gift of love

Wednesday, 5th December, 2018 4:47pm

Trócaire is calling on the people of Cork to help some of the poorest countries in the world.

It’s Gifts of Love campaign has begun which is hoping to raise money this Christmas for the developing world, Trocaire has said.

Launching the 2018 Christmas gift range, the Irish development agency revealed that people in Cork spent over €40,000 on the charity’s gift campaign last year, allowing Trocaire to bring vital support to more than 1,300 families.

Trocaire’s CEO, Caoimhe de Barra explained: “We would like to thank all our generous supporters who have bought Trocaire gifts over the years. The gifts ranging from soap and chicks, through to shelter and water wells have a huge impact right across the world.

“This vital support helps families in some of the poorest areas and most testing conditions, including regions in South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, Ethopia, Nyanmar, Honduras and Guatamala.”

Since it was first launched in 2000, Trocaire’s Christmas Gift campaign has sold more than 920,000 gifts and raised almost €38 million nationwide for Trocaire’s work, supporting families affected by long term poverty overseas.

Caoimhe added: “I would like to thank the people of Cork for the incredible generosity they continue to show us each Christmas which supports our work in over twenty developing countries.”

There are 14 Trocaire gifts to choose from, ranging in price from €5-1,000, such as chicks, beehives and solar lamps.

This year, there are also a number of new editions, including Help for Grandparents which will support those who are raising their grandchildren in the developing world following the loss of parents due to accidents, illness or war.

You can buy Trocaire gifts on line at, by calling 1850-408408, from Veritas on Carey’s Lane, the Trócaire Centre at 9 Cook Street in Cork city, or a Trocaire One4all gift card can be bought at all post offices.

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