Change a life this Valentines Day

WITH Australians expected to spend nearly $800 million on gifts and experiences this Valentine’s Day, iCARE Australia is urging shoppers to give a life-changing gift to the people they CARE about.

CARE Australia CEO Dr Julia Newton-Howes said people still had time to buy a CAREgift (www.caregifts.org.au), such as a pair of ducks or fruit trees.

“Australians are expected to spend more than $90 million on flowers alone this Valentine’s Day. If just a small percentage of people decided to give a CAREgift of fruit trees instead, thousands of women in poor countries would have nutritious fruit to feed their families.

“There are 40 CAREgifts to choose from, with something to suit all budgets. You can give your loved one fruit trees for $35, a goat for $45 or to send a girl to school for a year for $69,” Dr Newton-Howes added.

This Valentine’s Day, the most popular gifts are a chicken for $13 and a school sports kit for $54. Dr Newton-Howes said, ‘Each of these gifts helps change the lives of women and girls by giving them an education or helping them grow nutritious food for their families or to sell at market.

“There is still plenty of time to purchase a CAREgift online and send a beautiful electronic card to your valentine. The e-card features an inspiring video showing your CAREgift at work, and what it will mean for a family in countries such as Cambodia, Ethiopia or Timor-Leste,” she added.

Choosing a CAREgift is easy. Shoppers can order their gifts from the mobile-friendly website www.caregifts.org.au or by calling 1800 020 046.

CARE Australia is an international humanitarian aid organisation fighting poverty, with a special focus on working with women and girls to bring lasting change to their communities: www.care.org.au.

Source: CARE Australia

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