B.C. school goes to the goats

A 'thank you' for students' holiday generosity

VICTORIA, Dec. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - On Monday, a visit from two goats surprised students aged five to 10 from St. Michaels University School in Victoria, to celebrate the generosity they've shown during this holiday season.

The goats' arrival was greeted by the cheers of nearly 200 children, who then had a chance to pet the goats and ask questions.

In the lead up to the holidays, a student-led initiative had junior school students doing extra chores around the house to earn money that can be put towards animals for families overseas through World Vision Gifts.This is the fifth year in a row they've done this, and this year they raised enough to stock a stable.

"I think it is important to help others because some people don't have what they need," says Devon, a grade four student at St. Michaels University School. "But we have what we want and what we need. This Christmas I hope to give more than I get."

World Vision Gifts has more than 60 options available. These alternative gifts - ranging from goats and chickens to medical kits are the perfect gift for someone on your holiday list and what's more, they provide lasting hope and opportunity for families in developing countries. Find out more at www.worldvision.ca/gifts

World Vision is a leading Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by our Christian values, we are dedicated to working with the world's most vulnerable people. We serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.

Video with caption: "Video: B.C. school goes to the goats". Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vaA8MYGSDY&feature=youtu.be

SOURCE: World Vision Canada

For further information:

World Vision:
Genevieve Barber, 905-565-6200 ext. 2176, Genevieve_Barber@worldvision.ca
Julia Rim Shepard, 905-565-6200 ext. 3898, Julia_RimShepard@worldvision.ca

St. Michaels University School:
Erin Anderson, 250-370-6169, Erin.Anderson@smus.ca

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