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Story by Heifer Romania Communications and PR Coordinator Laura Manciu.

The second Irish airlift committed for Heifer Romania's Milk for Orphans Project landed successfully at the Timisoara airport Tuesday night.

Media representatives showed great interest in this positive event despite the rising tensions of crowds that marched the streets of major Romanian cities all week.

The 66 heifers traveled from Ireland to Romania in a specially equipped plane, and no incidents occurred during the flight and landing. The animals were loaded into trucks and taken to the quarantine farm in Oradea.

Considering the cows will be distributed to their new owners at the beginning of March, Heifer Romania has planned a major event and decided to offer these living gifts to women in Rasca village. During the month of March, Romanian tradition celebrates women and the arrival of spring as the symbol of renewal. For the women in Rasca, March 2012 will bring a living gift–an Irish heifer–that will change the life of their family and community.

The farmer community in Rasca is very excited about receiving a new transport of animals. Although the heifers will spend 30 days in quarantine, the original placement ceremony will be organized, and women will be praised for their efforts and rewarded. The timing picked is special, just as the gift is original. Women are the pillar of the household and have a strong bond with their animals, and this is why Heifer Romania has chosen to provide them with such an amazing gift of hope.

Author

Brooke Edwards

Brooke Edwards is from Little Rock, Arkansas, and started working at Heifer International in 2009 as a writer. She has a master's in social work and a bachelor's degree in psychology. She is married, a mother of two, and a wannabe urban farmer, raising her own chickens and killing most of her vegetable crops.