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Lorraine Keane displayed some of Trócaire’s ethical Christmas gifts last week as she launched our festive ‘Gifts of Change’.
Lorraine is in Guatemala with Trócaire this week meeting women who have benefitted from our Christmas gifts. The broadcaster is meeting new mothers who, through Trócaire’s ‘safe motherhood’ Christmas gift, have delivered healthy infants. She will also meet women who received Christmas gifts of weaving looms to make and sell crafts.
Caption: Lorraine Keane launches Trócaire’s Christmas campaign ahead of Guatemala visit with four-year-old Rebecca Kehoe from Blessington, Co. Wicklow and three-year-old Tom O’Toole Murray from Foxrock, Dublin.
Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland.
Speaking ahead of her visit, Lorraine said: “At this time of year, in the run up to Christmas, a global campaign takes place to demand an end to violence against women. I’m looking forward to raising awareness of this important issue, while also showing people in Ireland how valuable their contribution is to Trócaire’s work. We need to know that our money is being put to good use.” “I’ll be meeting women who are seeking justice in the courts in the aftermath of the country’s civil war for crimes committed against them and women who have been trafficked and subjected to forced labour. “There are so many women around the world facing abuse or who cannot speak out about their needs and fears,” she added. “In rural Guatemala, a country rarely in the news headlines, women are bravely recovering from a civil war having silently suffered violence, which remains a serious problem.”
The visit will precede an international campaign to end violence against women which takes place between the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25th 2012) and UN Human Rights Day (December 10th 2012). Our ‘Gifts of Change’ are on the website here or by calling 1850 408 408 (0800 912 1200 for Northern Ireland). They can also be bought in Veritas stores nationwide, selected Easons stores and in Trócaire centres in Maynooth, Co. Kildare, 12 Cathedral Street, Dublin 1, 9 Cook Street Cork or 50 King Street Belfast.