Brothers Dallan (8) and Darragh (4) Brennan, Aoife McKee (3) and Evie Weir (4) in a Co Armagh orchard with the pick of the crop from apple trees - Concern’s newest gift idea to help families around t
Armagh shoppers asked to consider buying an apple tree this Christmas to give families a healthier future
An aid charity is encouraging Armagh shoppers to spread a bit of festive cheer this Christmas and buy an apple tree to give families the chance of a healthier future.
Concern Worldwide is asking people to consider giving a fruit tree or one of its other alternative gifts on behalf of their family or friends to help support vulnerable communities in some of the world’s poorest places.
The humanitarian organisation hopes that by purchasing one of its Christmas gifts families living in extreme poverty will be given the opportunity to support themselves into the future.
Concern’s Rachel Proctor said: “In places like Ethiopia, we’re helping farmers to grow a variety of crops so that they don’t rely on only one. We give them apple tree saplings and the skills they need to prepare for a good harvest.
“Apples are a nutritious way to keep families healthy and any extra can be sold at market. The income can be used to send their kids to school and purchase other foods to diversify their diets.”
Other gifts available from gifts.concern.org.uk, include honey bees, bicycles and eco-stoves. Each one comes with an e-card or postal card for family members and friends, so they can see the life-changing present donated in their name.