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Susan Boyle ‘giving it up’ for WEE BOX campaign

 Street News Service 11 March 2019

Stars from the worlds of music, television, sport and business are giving up favourite treats for 40 days to help SCIAF’s WEE BOX, BIG Change Lent campaign which was launched by global singing sensation Susan Boyle in Glasgow, Scotland (660 Words) - By Staff Writer

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The campaign runs throughout Lent (9th March to 21st April) and enables the Scottish aid agency to provide long term practical support to people in some of the poorest countries in the world including Haiti, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The famous Scots will be joined by hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life who give up a favourite treat such as coffee, cakes, wine or chocolate for the 40 days of Lent, put the money they save in a SCIAF WEE BOX, and then donate the proceeds to SCIAF at Easter.

Singing sensation Susan Boyle, Harry Potter actress Katie Leung, singer songwriter Eddi Reader, Scotland football captain and Manchester United player Darren Fletcher, business woman Michelle Mone, broadcasters Kaye Adams and Sally Magnusson, and Charlie and Craig Reid of The Proclaimers are just some of the famous Scots who are helping out this year.

Speaking at the launch of what has become Scotland's largest annual fundraising drive to help people in need overseas, Susan Boyle said:

"SCIAF has always been close to my heart because my parents were big supporters and we always had a WEE BOX in our home during Lent.  It's a fantastic organisation that works in some of the poorest countries in the world, providing real hope and practical help to people affected by extreme poverty or the trauma of war or natural disasters.

"I'm giving up sweets and chocolate for SCIAF this Lent. I know every penny they get will be used in practical ways to help poor people support themselves in the long term so they can fulfil their own dreams of a future with respect and human dignity."

SCIAF Chief Executive Paul Chitnis said he was deeply grateful for the high profile support the campaign is receiving and that it will make a huge difference to the people SCIAF works with in poor countries.

"We are absolutely thrilled that Susan has joined us today and that so many other high profile Scots are taking part in this year's campaign.  I've no doubt their public support will encourage many more people across Scotland to find out about the campaign and join in.  By making a small change in our own lives such as giving up chocolate or wine for Lent and donating the money to SCIAF, you can really make a big difference to people in poverty overseas."

The money raised in the campaign will help fund SCIAF's long term development work in 16 countries which includes: providing seeds, tools and livestock for poor farmers; skills training and small loans to help people generate an income; and healthcare and trauma counselling to those affected by war.

Each year the campaign highlights a specific area of SCIAF's work. The focus this year is on the emergency aid and long term development work that SCIAF is providing in Haiti.  SCIAF first started working in Haiti in 1987.  Even before the earthquake, which killed over 230,000 people and left 1.5 million homeless, Haiti was the poorest country in the western hemisphere, and Haitians are still struggling to cope with the devastation. In addition to SCIAF's earthquake emergency response, the agency's long-term projects help rural families by providing training, seeds, tools and livestock so they can grow enough food to eat, and have enough left over to sell, to pay for their children's school fees.

The WEE BOX, BIG Change campaign raised £889,875 in 2010.

SCIAF works in 16 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, including Colombia, Sudan and Burma and supports over 80 long-term development projects with local partners.

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