Sheep, Goats, Pigs, Mechanical Udders and Solar Panels Fill Yonge-Dundas Square to Bring Gifts of Hope to Life

    Plan Canada Gifts Supporting Sustainable Development Projects Around the
    World on Display

    TORONTO, Nov. 23 /CNW/ - It's an annual conundrum ... finding Holiday
gifts that are thoughtful, unique, and will make a lasting impression. With
the holidays approaching and wish lists rolling out, Plan Canada launches
Gifts of Hope 2008 - a catalogue stuffed with novel gift ideas that support
sustainable development projects around the world. On Friday, November 23rd
the catalogue will come to life, with live animals, mechanical cow udders,
portable gardens, mosquito nets, solar panels and a mobile library in a box
all on display for shoppers to experience first hand. A giant tent will house
the 'exhibits', set up to mimic their use in developing countries: visitors
can lie on a cot and shroud themselves in a mosquito net, a gift that could
protect an entire family from malaria-carrying mosquitoes. Goats, sheep and
pigs will meet and greet the public, representing the livestock gifts that can
provide food and income to families. Visitors can test their milking skills on
mechanical cows, a daily chore for those fortunate to own livestock in
developing countries. Solar panels demonstrate a sustainable energy supply for
fresh water systems, ensuring the health of the environment while supplying
safe water to thousands of people. The Gifts of Hope will be on display from
8am - 2pm, offering holiday shoppers the perfect selection of gifts to provide
basic needs to children and their families - truly embodying the spirit of

    What:      Gifts of Hope 2008 Launch

    Who:       Plan Canada (formerly Foster Parents Plan)

    When:      Friday, November 23, 2007
               8am - 2pm

    Where:     Yonge-Dundas Square

    Photo Op:  Torontonians get up close and personal with sheep, goats and
               pigs, and attempt to milk mechanical cows in the middle of
               Yonge-Dundas Square, against a backdrop of sustainable gift
               giving ideas benefiting children and families in developing

    About Plan Canada

    Plan Canada is part Plan International, humanitarian, child-centered
development organization without religious, political or governmental
affiliations. It operates in 66 countries around the world.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Tiffany Bourré, (416) 504-3977
ext. 28, (416) 540-8433(c),; Stephanie Janda,
(416) 504-3977 ext. 27, (905) 460-4814(c),

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