People across Renfrewshire are being urged to get behind SCIAF’s WEE BOX, BIG CHANGE Lent appeal to raise money for some of the world’s poorest people.
Each year people across Scotland give up a favourite treat such as coffee, chocolate or wine, put the money they save in a SCIAF WEE BOX and then donate it at Easter to help the charity’s life-changing work.
In 2018 people across Scotland gave almost £1.7 million to SCIAF’s WEE BOX, BIG CHANGE appeal. The people of Renfrewshire generously gave £68,332 last year, including £29,032 from Paisley and £19,731 from Johnstone.
SCIAF’s Director Alistair Dutton said: “We’re very grateful to the people of Renfrewshire for supporting us over the years. The money you’ve donated has enabled us to help people all over the world to work their way out of poverty, live life with dignity, support themselves and their families, and build a bright future.
“It provides poor families with seeds, tools and training to grow more food and earn a living, and helps people get small loans so they can start up small businesses.
“We really appreciate the generosity to SCIAF of people of Renfrewshire last year and I would urge everyone to do everything they can to support the WEE BOX appeal again this year.”
Photo: Sciaf Wee Box 2019 Launch With Pancakes Photo Credit: Colin Hattersley
The 2019 appeal was launched on Shrove Tuesday when Gary Maclean, Scotland’s National Chef and winner of MasterChef: The Professionals, held a pancake masterclass at City of Glasgow College for pupils from Holyrood Secondary School in Glasgow.
This year’s campaign tells the story of SCIAF’s work with vulnerable young people in Uganda affected by poverty, HIV and AIDS, and the legacy of war. The charity is helping them to grow food and earn a living so they can support themselves and their families.
Scotland’s National Chef, Gary Maclean, said:
“I’m delighted to be supporting SCIAF’s WEE BOX, BIG CHANGE appeal this year, which is highlighting its help for vulnerable young people in Uganda so they can lift themselves out of poverty by growing their own food.
“Working in a college, I’m passionate about helping young people realise their potential. SCIAF is doing the same thing for young people in Uganda, and other countries all over the world, and that’s why I’m backing the WEE BOX appeal this year.
“I’ve already got my WEE BOX and I’ll be making sure it’s full when the appeal ends at Easter.”
Money raised from the appeal will help SCIAF’s work with poor communities around the world so they can grow more food and support themselves, overcome injustice and conflict, get an education and learn new skills, as well as get help when disasters strike.
To get your own WEE BOX, make a donation or to find out more about the campaign, please visit www.sciaf.org.uk or call 0141 354 5555.
Main Photo: Lydia and her familyPhoto Credit: Colin Hattersley