Leinster and Ireland legend and ambassador for the international children’s charity Plan Ireland, Malcolm O’Kelly, was on hand this week to launch this year’s Christmas appeal for the children’s charity which works in 50 countries throughout the developing world…

The 2011 appeal includes a Life Gifts Catalogue, unique Christmas cards designed by sponsors and, for the first time ever, a unique range of photographic canvas prints, all of which will help to raise vital funds to make a lasting improvement to the lives of the world’s most disadvantaged children.

‘These gifts will give much needed support and materials directly to the children and communities Plan works with in the developing world. By choosing a Life Gift like a ‘All Set for School’ or a ‘The Gift of Child Sponsorship’, you are giving a child living in poverty the chance of a better life and agift like this is essentially priceless.commented O’Kelly.

With the new Christmas Life Gifts Catalogue, photographic canvas prints and Christmas cards, there are now 11 gifts to choose from in Plan Ireland’s Christmas range. Proceeds will go directly towards Plan’s work to end child poverty and with prices ranging from €;10 to €;1000,there is a gift to suit every budget.

The gift range includes ‘Super Seeds’, to grow an acre of soya beans (€;20), ‘ABCs and 123s’, numeracy and literacy education (€;30), ‘School Soccer Kit’, a soccer ball, whistle, uniforms and a pump (€;50), ‘All Set for School’, ten individual school sets including pencils, sharpeners and notebooks (€;200), ‘The Gift of Child Sponsorship’, sponsor a child on behalf of a loved one (€;264), ‘Ethiopia Food Distribution Kit’, supporting a vital feeding centre for severely malnourished children in Ethiopia (€;1000), pack of 8 Christmas Cards especially designed by Plan Ireland sponsors from Cork, Mullingar, Roscommon and Wicklow (€;10).

This year, for the first time, Plan Ireland is offering a selection of four stunning photographic canvas prints capturing colourful snapshots of life in Malawi, Haiti, Ghana and Peru (size: 20”x30”) (€;80). For corporates, Plan Ireland is also offering a selection of Christmas Cards that can be personalised with the company’s greeting and business logo.

So, how does it work? Visit www.plan.ie or call 1800 829 829 and choose your gift from the range of exclusive Plan Ireland Christmas Life Gifts, Christmas Cards and photographic canvas prints. Plan Ireland will then send your gift card, Christmas Cards or canvas prints directly to you. The funds from your purchase will go directly to the communities Plan Ireland works with across the developing world, so when you choose a Plan Ireland Christmas Gift you are making a real difference to the lives of the most disadvantaged children in the world, their families and communities. 

The range of unique Christmas Gifts can be purchased online, by post or by phone. Visit the Plan Ireland website www.plan.ieor call 1800 829 829 for more information.