LIMERICK based charity Bóthar has announced a target of helping 3,000 families in the developing world out of poverty by way of airlifts of Irish livestock and other animals.
The unique organisation, which distributes a diverse range of animals - from Irish born cows and goats to local snails, buffalos and camels - to impoverished families in 35 countries, says that the spirit of compassion of the Irish people is what keeps the organisation going.
Launching the Christmas appeal, Bóthar chief executive, David Moloney, said that the importance of Christmas to their annual programme cannot be overstated.
“Donations at Christmas account for more than half of the total funds we raise each year. What happens in the next few weeks determines how many families we will be able to help in 2012,” he said.
The Bóthar campaign is based around the Christmas message of ‘Give gifts that give life, which describes the transformation that the living gift of an animal can make in the life of a poor family.
“The beauty of Bóthar is that it provides very practical assistance to destitute families. Through a gift of a food-and-income producing animal we are equipping them with the tools to change their circumstances themselves. After a family receives the gift of livestock, enormous changes in health and nutrition are evident straight away. But the most dramatic improvement is in the recipients’ sense of self-worth,” continued Mr Moloney. “This Christmas, the need is as great as ever and our target is to raise enough funds to lift 3,000 families from destitution in the developing world.”
Bóthar’s range of gift options start from as little as €10 for a share of snails for families in Cameroon where they will provide both nutrition and income. The top end of the appeal is €5,000 for the Bóthar global village gift – a gift of livestock for 17 individual families. The cost of each gift includes the cost of the animal, training and preparation for the family, transportation of the animal to its new country and full veterinary back up for the initial three years.
For every donation you make you will receive a Christmas gift-card which you can present to a friend or loved one on Christmas morning. This year’s Christmas gift catalogue can be viewed on-line at www.bothar.org and is also available from Bóthar by calling 1850 82 99 99.