Rock star Ricky Ross of Deacon Blue and broadcaster Michelle McManus joined forces to launch 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.
Other high profile supporters backing the appeal include Scotland manager Gordon Strachan, singer Susan Boyle, comedian Des Clark and boxer Charlie Flynn.
They will join thousands of supporters across Scotland who make personal sacrifices to give their money to SCIAF’s WEE BOX appeal. Every pound given to SCIAF’s appeal before 4th May will be doubled by the UK government.
“SCIAF’s WEE BOX appeal reminds me how lucky I am,” said Ricky Ross at the launch. “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.”
Michelle McManus added, “I’m supporting the WEE BOX, BIG CHANGE appeal to help families in Ethiopia and around the world to get the help they need and have more hope for the future.
“SCIAF works tirelessly to support some of the poorest people in the world with seeds, farming tools, training and small loans so they can grow more food, perhaps set up a small business and work their way out of poverty.
“We can all do something to help. This Lent I’m giving up chocolate. What will you do?”
SCIAF’s director Alistair Dutton highlighted the importance of the appeal and thanked everyone involved. “Everything people give to SCIAF’s WEE BOX Lent appeal means poor families 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,” he said.
“Thank you to everyone who supports our work, including high-profile Scots like Ricky Ross, Michelle McManus, Libby McArthur, Gordon Strachan, Des Clarke, Charlie Flynn, Kaye Adams and the Proclaimers.
“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
Scotland football manager Gordon Strachan is also backing the appeal. “It’s a tragedy that nearly one billion people in the world live in desperate poverty and go hungry every day,” he said. “But we can all do something about it. By filling up one of SCIAF’s WEE BOXES you can support the charity’s life-changing work in some of the poorest countries in the world.