Nenagh native Donal Maher, who has worked for the charity as financial controller since 2006, said: “By purchasing a Christmas gift from Plan Ireland this year, you are supporting gender equality and girls’ rights across the world. These gifts are essential and for girls it can mean the difference between a life of poverty and a life of prosperity for themselves, their families and communities.”
This year, Plan Ireland’s Christmas gift range includes: Super Seeds, enough to grow an acre of soya beans (€15); ABCs and 123s, numeracy and literacy education (€30); School Soccer Kit, a soccer ball, whistle, jerseys and a pump (€50); School Packs for Girls that give girls the support they need to stay in education (€100); a selection of stunning photographic canvas prints (from €100 to €250); The Gift of Child Sponsorship, sponsor a child on behalf of a loved one (€264); West Africa Women’s Community Agriculture Kit, which will enable mothers to join forces and grow food for their families (€1,000); Clean Water for Schools, which provides a school in Burkina Faso, West Africa, with a borehole and water pump to provide access to clean drinking water and will directly benefit more than 140 school children, with hundreds more benefiting in years to come (€10,000).
“A new addition to our Christmas Gift range this year is the West Africa Women’s Community Agriculture Kit. While the food crisis in West Africa may no longer be in the headlines, there are still millions of people affected, with women and children most at risk. The kit will enable mothers to join forces and grow food for their families and each kit contains 15 rakes, 15 hoes, 3 wheel barrows, 3 picks and a motor-pump, as well as essential seeds and fertiliser,” said Mr Maher.
As an added incentive, Plan Ireland has teamed up with corporate supporter Nivea, which is offering an exclusive beauty gift bag with every purchase over €120. In addition, for every four packs of Christmas cards purchased, customers will receive one additional pack free. So, how does it work? You simply choose a gift from the Christmas Gift range and once you receive the Gift Cards, you can add your own personal message which you can then send on to friends and family. The range of presents can be purchased online and by phone. Visit the Plan Ireland website www.plan.ie or call 1800 829 829 to find out more.