'I am a city boy walking around Dublin with a Friesian cow' - Jim Gavin launches Bóthar Christmas campaign
Dublin manager Jim Gavin walked around St. Stephen's Green with a Friesian cow on Sunday to help launch the Bóthar Christmas campaign.
Born and raised in Clondalkin, Gavin admitted that it was a bit strange to be walking around the city centre with livestock but that he has seen first hand the 'life changing' benefits that livestock in poverty stricken areas can have.
“Two years ago I reached out to Bóthar to give assistance and last year we flew out of Shannon Airport with a cargo full of cattle, hens and bulls and goats," said Gavin.
"I have just returned from Rwanda after a second visit the see the great work that Bóthar are doing on the ground.
“The main reason I reached out to Bóthar was I had spent some time on the ground in Africa with the Defence Forces and I saw the great work that they do.
"It’s really about helping people to help themselves, to give people the gift of a cow. The nutrition that it brings to the families is life-changing.
"The additional milk that the cow produces is sold on to the local market, enabling the family to buy clothes for their children, school books and, in some instances, fund the building of a new home. It’s just a great program.”
The All-Ireland winning manager implored people to donate to the cause but also to remind the nation of its strong rural ties.
“I am a city boy, walking around St. Stephen’s Green with a Friesian cow and it feels a bit strange," added the 46-year-old.
"But we are a small island and we all have connections to rural society. My parents come from West Clare and the GAA is in every village and parish throughout the island and I think it would be great for people to row in and support Bóthar.
"It’s just a great Irish charity and I’ve seen for myself twice now on the ground the incredible work they do.”
For information on Bóthar’s Christmas campaign and how to donate, go to www.bothar.ie