Jenny Seymour is a volunteer for CAFOD Hallam
I’ve just come back from an amazing family weekend in Buckinghamshire where all of my extended family got together for my Aunt and Uncle’s 50th wedding anniversary – their Golden Wedding! Our family has got bigger and bigger recently (my parents now have 8 grandchildren and cousins have also “sprouted” their own families) so it becomes increasingly difficult to get together. This means that when we do it is even more special.
However, what do you do when the hosts of the party say “no presents please!”. You still want to commemorate the audacious occasion, but don’t want to offend the hosts and buy them something they don’t want. What better way to celebrate this amazing occasion, but with a World Gift from CAFOD. I decided to buy my Aunt and Uncle a couple of goats. Luckily they didn’t take offence at me comparing them to a pair of old goats, especially when they saw what amazing help two goats can provide to families in less economically developed villages.
For just £28, the goat that gives provides a family with up to 12 pints of milk a week and what’s more they can produce milk regardless of what they have eaten, so goats don’t need a lush meadow and can provide milk even in times of drought. Then (because they produce so much milk) the surplus milk can be sold to provide tools or food.
“Super Goat” as he has become known in our schools assemblies provided a memorable assembly for school children across England and Wales back in 2013 during our Lent Fast Day appeal (as you will see from the blog in Salford if you click on the link above!).
So, I was happy! I’d bought a gift for my aunt and uncle to help to celebrate this special occasion and I was able to help families in less economically developed countries as well. It made me feel good to give this gift and it made my aunt and uncle feel good to have received it!
Thank you to CAFOD for coming up with these great ideas for World Gifts.