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Help Bóthar to mooooove things forward in the developing world this Christmas

Cool FM presenter, Pete Snodden, today launched Bóthar’s annual Christmas Appeal encouraging people across Northern Ireland to give that extra special gift this festive season by making a donation to help the charity to raise vital funds for families in need across Rusizi, Rwanda.

The aid organisation is calling on consumers as well as businesses to help raise £210,000 to build creameries and purchase livestock to allow communities in the developing world to create sustainable living environments for people that could not otherwise survive.

Commenting on the launch of the Christmas appeal, radio presenter, Pete Snodden said: “As we approach the Christmas season, I’d like to encourage everyone to make this year’s presents that extra bit special by giving a donation in lieu of gifts to the Bóthar Christmas appeal.

“As little as £30 can help to buy a share of an in-calf dairy cow that can truly change a family’s life and ultimately benefit an entire community. The milk produced by the cow will provide nutrition for families.  Your funds will also help Bóthar to build a creamery that will facilitate farmers to earn an income from the sale of the milk, giving them a sense of financial security – often for the very first time.”

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Bóthar NI Representative Aoibheann Fearon continued: “During a period of economic uncertainty across the world, I’d like to encourage everyone to donate whatever they can afford to help us to help those that are in most need in Rwanda this Christmas.

“We currently have 73 families waiting to see if they will be lucky enough to receive the gift of an Irish dairy cow. Your donation, no matter how small will also help us to teach families how to raise and care for their cow, in turn they will pass the first heifer calf onto another deserving family within the community, making a life changing difference.

“Your donation will also allow us to build a much needed creamery in Rusizi and give this community the opportunity to take the next step in their development to help lift themselves out of poverty.

“Creameries are often the lifeblood of the developing world and can have a huge economic impact of regions but we really do need your help to make this happen and raise these funds. To help us, help families in Rwanda, we need you!”

The Bóthar NI Christmas Gift Catalogue is available to view online at www.bothar.co.uk. Hard copies can be requested by freephoning 0800 039 0267.

Donations can be made at www.bothar.co.uk, by telephone at 0800 039 0267, in person or by post at / to Bóthar NI, Anna House, 37a Upper Dunmurray Lane, Belfast, BT17 0AJ.

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