Frances Hoyte and Sue Hamlet are pushing a different angle of giving presents at Christmas time.
Frances Hoyte and Sue Hamlet are pushing a different angle of giving presents at Christmas time.

A different angle to Christmas

LOCALS involved with help group Transformation, Empowerment, Advocacy and Relief (TEAR) are promoting a new angle on gift giving this Christmas, called the Useful Gift Catalogue.

Next Friday and Saturday in the Rose City Shoppingworld, they will have a stand set up to tell people about TEAR’s idea for Christmas presents, spokeswoman Sue Hamlet said.

She said when you spent $5 or more on certain gifts from their catalogue – be it a toilet, goat or stationary equipment – your donation would go directly towards purchasing that item for people in third-world countries. Then you get a card, which you can give to one of your friends or family as a Christmas present.

“It is based on the idea that you buy a gift for somebody that is meant for someone else – it’s about saying here, I’ve made a donation thinking of you,” Mrs Hamlet said.

“We’re going to run the stall for awareness and people can buy the cards there or go online www.usefulgifts.org.

“TEAR works in the poorest of poor countries, and their particular focus is the neediest. This year they’re doing toilets in Tanzania, so you can buy a toilet for a friend in Toowoomba, which will go into Tanzania for example.”

Mrs Hamlet was confident Warwickites would jump on board with the scheme as a way of spending money on more useful gifts this Christmas.

“Last year my family decided to send $5 TEAR cards as greetings,” she said. “It’s a great way to make a difference. You can just spend $5, $10 or $20 and just get very little at Christmas, but with this idea, your money makes a significant difference to the life of a needy person.”

The organisation gives priority to programs around the world which strives to involve the most marginalised and exploited members of each community, regardless of their religious or political beliefs.

The stand will be in the Rose City Shoppingworld until about 6pm Friday, and all day Saturday.


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