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Rugby ace Andrew Trimble unwraps some Oxfam gifts for needy

By Cate McCurry

Published 12/12/2015

Ulster Rugby star Andrew Trimble with two-year-old Micah Campbell and one of a clutch of chicks from the charity’s Unwrapped range of alternative Christmas gifts
Ulster Rugby star Andrew Trimble with two-year-old Micah Campbell and one of a clutch of chicks from the charity’s Unwrapped range of alternative Christmas gifts
Andrew Trimble with Lucy and Micah Campbell

Ireland and Ulster star Andrew Trimble has backed a charity Christmas campaign to help families in emergencies and extreme poverty across the world.

The rugby ace is the ambassador for Oxfam Ireland and has lent his support to its Unwrapped range of alternative Christmas gifts.

The 31-year-old, who recently became a father for the first time, explained that branches right across Northern Ireland were offering Unwrapped gifts which, he told the Belfast Telegraph, helped Oxfam provide lifesaving emergency aid to families.

The Coleraine man added: "War and conflict has forced millions more people from their homes and everything they knew. Earthquakes, cyclones and other extreme weather events have destroyed lives and livelihoods that people worked so hard to build.

"Oxfam shops across Northern Ireland are offering a wide range of Unwrapped gifts that give back, making a positive impact in the lives of people.

"One of those gifts is called Care for a Baby. It helps Oxfam provide lifesaving emergency aid to families, from the youngest member to the oldest, helping them survive crisis situations with what's needed most like food, clean water, shelter and sanitation.

"Gifts like these are vital to people fleeing conflict in places like Syria," he said.

Another gift is the Unwrapped cooking stove which, because it uses half the wood of traditional stoves, is eco-friendly and fuel-efficient.

Andrew said: "Oxfam's emergency workers give the stoves to families who've lost everything in places like South Sudan, providing people with warmth and a way to cook food.

"Other Unwrapped gifts range from giving girls the opportunity to reach their full potential with the Educate a Girl scheme through to helping poor farmers thrive through agricultural projects via the Goat and Clutch of Chicks cards."

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