This Christmas marks 10 years of Australians buying goats, chickens, cow manure and other quirky charity gifts through the Oxfam Unwrapped charity gift program. More than 1 million Oxfam Unwrapped gifts have been purchased since the program began in 2005, raising over $40 million for Oxfam’s life-changing work in communities around the world.
The charity gift program which sells real items Oxfam provides to people living in poverty, including goats, chickens, piglets, veggie gardens, plant seeds and even toilets, has become a popular gift choice for Christmas. The 2014 Oxfam Unwrapped Christmas catalogue includes more than 40 products ranging from $9 to $150.
On the 10th anniversary of Oxfam Unwrapped, the charity is asking Australians to continue to support this unique charity gift program by purchasing Oxfam Unwrapped gifts in-store or online at the Oxfam Shop.
Oxfam Unwrapped spokesperson Jez Hunghanfoo said, “Looking back at the last 10 years of the Unwrapped program, the impact these gifts and donations have had on the lives of families living in poverty is astounding.”
“More than 450,000 Unwrapped animals have been purchased over the years, proving to be the most popular gift choice, as well as countless litres of clean water for schools in South Africa, seeds to grow food in Sri Lanka and even training for farmers in Timor-Leste.”
“We believe Australians have shown such great support for Unwrapped because it really appeals to our national sense of humour and fun. The silliness of receiving something as unusual as a goat for Christmas generally gets a good laugh,” said Mr Hunghanfoo.
“Both giving and receiving a gift which benefits someone living with so little also makes people feel really good at a time when consumerism is at its peak. And it’s definitely more interesting than the usual stocking fillers!”