Celebrity-authored book puts goats top of the Christmas list

A new book authored by ten New Zealand celebrities is set to quell Christmas shopping anxiety and, instead, inspire gift-buying options that will help some of the world’s poorest children.

In what’s believed to be a first for a Kiwi aid organisation, high-profile storytellers including Alison Quigan, Jeremy Corbett, Miriama Kamo, Danielle Cormack and Hilary Barry have had their heart-warming tale transformed into a hardcover gift book in support of ChildFund New Zealand.

Told through the eyes of an inquisitive Kiwi farm girl, Mary’s Christmas Yarn chronicles how a sheep from the charity’s Gifts that Grow catalogue can dramatically improve the lives of children and their families in the developing world.

Acclaimed New Zealand actress, playwright and contributing author Alison Quigan says the book is a great way of teaching children the value of giving to others.

“With a good dose of Christmas spirit, this fun little book is also an ideal way to discuss the needs of those less fortunate. It will help enhance a new generations’ understanding of how they can help.”

Published by Penguin just in time for Christmas stocking stuffing, all royalty proceeds from the book Mary’s Christmas Yarn will be directed to ChildFund New Zealand’s Horn of Africa appeal.

Goats top of the Christmas list

ChildFund hopes Mary’s Christmas Yarn will also inspire more New Zealanders to bring their own version of the festive tale to life by embracing the growing tradition of alternative gift giving.

ChildFund New Zealand Marketing Manager Kathy McKay, who has seen the impact of Gifts that Grow first-hand, says this year’s ‘hero gift’ – the humble goat – has a lot to give and is deserving of a top place on Christmas shopping lists.

“Goats – just like sheep – symbolise huge opportunity for a family in need. They bring the prospect of full bellies through nutritious milk and food, and the promise of a brighter future through the profitable breeding and sale of a growing herd.”

For just $67 New Zealanders can take part in their very own inspired story by gifting a pair of goats on behalf of a loved one, or as a business gift. Each goat pair also comes with training in animal husbandry for the recipient community.

Friends, colleagues and loved ones receive a gift card and ChildFund delivers the actual gift to a community in need. 

www.childfund.org.nz to purchase a copy of Mary’s Christmas Yarn, a pair of goats or to select from the full range of ChildFund Gifts that Grow items.

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