24 legs, 7 contestants and 1 winner – Who will be Oxfam Unwrapped’s next top animal?

Media Releases, News, Oxfam Unwrapped article written on the 26 Nov 2010

Oxfam Unwrapped is on the search to find Oxfam Australia’s next top animal to help in the fight against poverty and injustice.

Oxfam Unwrapped gift cards provide a range of 44 truly unique Christmas gifts that let you give something special to your friends and family, and most importantly, something to those less fortunate around the world.

We’ve scoured the globe, interviewing thousands of hopeful animals, to narrow the field to just seven lucky finalists:

Always a crowd favourite, the goat is helping families in Mozambique. For $39 an Oxfam goat can save a family from poverty – they can breed to create more goats, they can be milked for the family’s nutrition, and they can even be sold to pay for school fees or tools. It’s the perfect gift for the person who has lots that also gives to those who have little.

Get quacking and vote for the Oxfam duck. A $20 duck will a provide family in Mozambique with eggs that they can eat and sell at the market. These eggs can turn into more ducks, which in turn produce more eggs! Many of the people who receive a duck are carers for family members, orphans or vulnerable children affected by HIV and AIDS. The gift of a duck really makes a huge difference to the entire family.

In a Christmas flutter? Why not take a gamble with a $10 Oxfam chicken that can help families in Laos generate much-needed income. In Laos, Oxfam Australia works to increase access to food by providing families with the initial funds to buy chickens. Households can then use eggs to earn an income at the market, or to eat. And, if the chickens breed, families get more chickens …and more eggs … and more chickens.

Don’t get the wool pulled over yours eyes with useless gifts, instead give an Oxfam lamb? Rearing sheep is an excellent income-generating activity in the Funhalouro district of Mozambique. But since the civil war, which ended in 1992, sheep have become rare and expensive. The gift of a lamb for $55 will go towards increasing the lamb population in this region, which can be bred and sold at local markets.

Take the oink out Christmas shopping and give and Oxfam piglet for $55 that will help a family in Malawi. A Oxfam pig will help fertilise crops, breed with other pigs to create baby pigs, and will eagerly dispose of any food scraps.

For those who are difficult to buy for, why not give an Oxfam donkey for $150, and help transform the life of a village in Mozambique. They last longer than socks and jocks, they can carry produce to market, plus they don’t get lost in the washing machine!

Or better still give an Oxfam cow! The humble cow is one of the world’s biggest weapons in the fight against poverty. This gift goes towards buying a cow to provide manure, milk, transportation and the ability to cultivate a herd. The money from selling milk is an important supplement to a poor family’s income. Men and women who become skilled milkers can earn a reasonable living. An added benefit is that families are able to use the cow dung as organic fertilizer for their home gardens, and in some cases they can sell it to earn a living.

For more information or to purchase a gift card please go to www.oxfamunwrapped.com.au. Cards are also available at Oxfam shops or by calling 1800 034 034.

For more media information, please contact: Charlotte Greig, ph 0404 111 919 Charlotteg@oxfam.org.au