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Give it socks and bring some Christmas cheer to children

BILL BROWNE

Published 05/12/2013 | 05:26

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That's the message from Fermoy woman Niamh Sheehan who is leading an appeal to bring festive cheer into the lives of children living in some of world's most poverty stricken countries.

Niamh, sponsorship officer with Plan Ireland, has unveiled details of the NGOs annual Christmas charity which gives a new twist to the traditional gift of seasonal socks.

The charity has urged people to think outside the box, by investing in one of a range of ethical Christmas gifts available on their website.

Ranging in price from €20 to €250, the gifts include water sanitation kits, school furniture, tents for families in crisis or the chance to send a child to school for a year.

With each gift the buyer will receive a sock shaped token that can be hung on the Christmas tree as a decoration.

Niamh said she has seen at first hand the very real difference these Christmas gifts can make to the lives of young people across the globe living under the shadow of poverty.

"On a recent overseas trip I visited children and families who been have experience the most appalling turmoil and tragedy. Despite all they have endured, these people have been able to start rebuilding their lives with the help of Plan Ireland," said Niamh.

She said the monies raised through the organisations Christmas campaign bring much needed support directly to where it is needed the most. For example they are currently working in the Philippines helping the tens of thousands of people whose lives were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.

"Tents for example provide much needed shelter and re-create a home environment for families in refugee camps while water sanitation units ensure clean access to drinking water," said Niamh.

"Sponsoring a child for a year on behalf of a loved one is a truly unique and personal gift," she added.

To find out more about the campaign visit www.plan.ie/christmas.

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