Home' NZ Dairy Farmer : November 2009 Contents 24 The Dairyman NOVEMBER 2009
KIWI farmers are being
asked to give cows this
ChildFund, a registered chari-
ty that gives aid to children in
developing countries, is in the
fourth year of using its Gifts that
Grow catalogue to give sustain-
able resources to people in need.
The programme, which
enables a person to donate an
animal to a family in a develop-
ing country, instead of buying a
Christmas gift to a friend or rel-
ative, has seen close to 40,000
hens, roosters and baby chicks
bought for impoverished fami-
lies, according to a statement
ChildFund chief executive
Paul Brown said they were
appealing to New Zealand's
dairy industry and farming com-
munity to consider choosing a
Gifts that Grow cow instead of a
Christmas gift for their cus-
tomers, because farmers under-
stand a cow's value better than
"A dairy-loving nation like
New Zealand will appreciate the
benefits cows can provide a fam-
ily, a community, and indeed
form an important agricultural
backbone for a country," he said.
ChildFund were highlighting
the cow as the "hero product",
A cow could provide milk to
an impoverished family and left-
over milk could be sold at local
markets, earning money that
would help buy clothing,
footwear, and education.
"The cow really is the cream
of the crop and at just $100, can
also be used for transport,
pulling heavy loads and plough-
ing fields," he said.
"Even their dung is precious
for people who can't afford fer-
If cows don't quite fit the gift
budget this year, there are more
cost-efficient alternatives, rang-
ing from $11 for nutritious baby
food, $15 for a garden hoe, a $50
orchard, or a school backpack of
12 reading books for $23.
Mr Brown said: "These are
great Christmas gifts, either for
business clients, or family and
"You know you are making a
difference to a family who needs
it, and with the range of afford-
ability, there is a Christmas gift
that caters to every person or
"The gifts you send to a fami-
ly or village are life changing,
and are needed now more than
ever -- they're the gifts that real-
ly do keep on giving."
Gifts that Grow can be
ordered from the ChildFund
website through an extensive
catalogue. Purchasers receive a
gift card describing what has
been donated, to pass on to the
recipient. All gifts purchased are
eligible for a full tax rebate.
Orders can be placed online at
or by phone 0800 223 111.
How to give Christmas gifts that grow
Donating a cow to a family in a developing country makes a
huge difference to their health and livelihood.
Free Phone 0800 48 48 32
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