Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 - Biz Wisdom

This Christmas marks 10 years of Australians buying goats, chickens and even cow manure for developing communities around the world through the Oxfam Unwrapped charity gift program.

More than 1 million Oxfam Unwrapped gifts have been purchased from the quirky charity gift range since the program began in 2005, raising over $40 million for Oxfam’s life-changing work.

The charity gift program which sells real items Oxfam provides to people living in poverty, including goats, chickens, piglets, veggie gardens, plant seeds and even toilets, has become a popular Christmas gift choice for shoppers.

Now celebrating its 10th anniversary year, Oxfam Unwrapped spokesperson Jez Hunghanfoo is encouraging all Australians to shop for a good cause and make a real difference this Christmas with Unwrapped.

“Looking back at the last 10 years of the Unwrapped program, the impact these gifts and donations have had on the lives of families living in poverty is astounding,” Mr Hunghanfoo said.

“More than 450,000 Unwrapped animals have been purchased over the years, proving to be the most popular gift choice, as well as countless litres of clean water for schools in South Africa, seeds to grow food in Sri Lanka and even training for farmers in Timor-Leste.

“We believe Australians have shown such great support for Unwrapped because it really appeals to our national sense of humour and fun. The silliness of receiving something as unusual as a goat for Christmas generally gets a good laugh.

“Both giving and receiving a gift which benefits someone living with so little also makes people feel really good at a time when consumerism is at its peak. And it’s definitely more interesting than the usual stocking fillers!

“We’re encouraging everyone to give someone an Oxfam Unwrapped gift this year and help us make a real difference in communities both here and overseas. And don’t forget to include one on your own Christmas wish list!”

The 2014 Oxfam Unwrapped Christmas catalogue includes products ranging from $9 to $150.

For more information and to purchase your Oxfam unwrapped gift visit or your local Oxfam Shop.

For more information please contact Oxfam Media Coordinator Emma Whalan. 

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