Stars turn out in force to help poorest people in the world

Michelle McManus and Ricky Ross back SCIAF's Wee Box campaign
Michelle McManus and Ricky Ross back SCIAF's Wee Box campaign

Readers across Scotland are being urged to support SCIAF’s WEE BOX Lent appeal to help some of the poorest people in the world.

The appeal – backed by UK Aid Match for the second year running - raises vital funds for the charity’s life-changing work, helping families living with hunger, poverty, war and 
natural disasters in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Scottish stars such as Ricky Ross, Susan Boyle, 
Gordon Strachan, Kaye 
Adams, Michelle McManus, comedian Des Clark, boxer Charlie Flynn and Craig and Charlie from the Proclaimers, are all backing the appeal.

They will join thousands of supporters across Scotland who make personal sacrifices to give their money to SCIAF’s WEE BOX appeal.

This year the charity is 
telling the story of the charity’s work helping poor cattle 
herders in Ethiopia to cope with drought and climate change.

Every pound given to SCIAF’s appeal before May 4 will be doubled by the UK 
government. In 2015 the 
appeal raised a staggering £3.4m with Aid Match.

Across Scotland, people gave generously with local 
authority regions such as Fife donating £120,398; Falkirk - £125,404; and North 
Lanarkshire raising a 
whopping £437,314 for the charity.

SCIAF’s director Alistair Dutton said: “Thanks to the people of Fife everything 
given to SCIAF’s WEE BOX Lent appeal means poor f
amilies can get the help they need, like good seeds, farming tools, training and small loans, so they can grow food, earn an income, and have a better future.

‘‘Having the UK Aid Match again this year is a fantastic bonus too. It means everything you give to our WEE BOX appeal will be doubled by the UK government.”

Speaking at the WEE BOX launch, Ricky Ross said: “SCIAF’s WEE BOX appeal reminds me how lucky I am. So many people in the world don’t have enough food to eat or clean water to drink. SCIAF works tirelessly to change that by giving people the seeds, farm tools and training they need to grow food and feed their families.”