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Tuesday, March 28, 2017
African hut outside Westminster Cathedral
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¬†A traditional African hut will be in the Piazza outside Westminster Cathedral in London tomorrow, to highlight CAFOD's World Gifts as the countdown to Christmas starts in earnest. On display will be a range of items representing the kinds of World Gifts that can be bought, such as blankets, pots and pans, a vegetable basket and agricultural tools. These everyday items mean so much to people living in poverty in the developing world. CAFOD World Gifts offers the opportunity to buy practical, life-changing gifts for poor people living in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Goats, seeds and tools, emergency home basic kits and even toilets are expected to be among the most popular gifts on offer. With the count down to Christmas ticking away in earnest the shop tills are ringing and the UK's £15billion gifts industry are competing for our custom. Yet, over half of us will receive a gift we don't want. What a waste! World Gifts Coordinator Damian Conlin said: "All the gifts are unusual, thought-provoking and, ultimately, life-changing. "For the price of your favourite box set of DVDs, your £25 could be spent on a goat for a family living in a developing country. The goat produces manure to fertilize the ground for growing vegetables. It produces milk and of course baby goats. The off-spring can be sold to pay for school fees. "The gift of a vegetable plot is very apt at Christmas time, as we think about seasonal veg to go with Christmas lunch. For the price of £10, for example, a family in Bangladesh will have the chance to grow their own vegetables and they will reap so many more benefits. As well as a source of healthy food for themselves, any surplus crops can be sold to buy clothes, medicines or pay for school fees. It is amazing how something so everyday, can achieve so much. "The African hut on the Piazza outside Westminster Cathedral is a great symbol to remind us as Christmas shopping gets underway, that CAFOD World Gifts is a great alternative and does make a difference to the quality of life of people and communities living in poverty in the developing world." If you can't get down to Victoria tomorrow - you can order your World Gifts by calling: 0808 14 000 14 or visit
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