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14 February 2018

St Maurices

Our WEE BOX, BIG CHANGE Lent appeal kicked off in amazing style today with the help of talented musicians and singers from St Maurice’s High School in Cumbernauld.

Pupils struck the right cord with shoppers as they played samba and traditional Scottish music, and sung their hearts out at the St Enoch Centre in Glasgow to help some of the world’s poorest people.

The appeal has already received a huge boost with news that the UK government has committed to doubling – pound-for-pound – all donations received before 8th May through the Aid Match scheme.

St Maurice’s proud Head Teacher James McParland said:

The school community of St Maurice's High School is delighted to support SCIAF’s WEE BOX appeal again this year and learn more about our brothers and sisters in Cambodia.

“As a school we will be involved in a variety of activities and events to help raise money for the appeal and we hope to build upon the figure of over £5,000 that was raised in the school last year. We are also extremely happy that each pound raised within St Maurice's will be doubled by the UK government.”

Each year people across Scotland give up a favourite treat such as coffee, chocolate, wine or crisps, put the money they save into a SCIAF WEE BOX, and then donate it at Easter to help the charity’s life-changing work overseas.

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This year the WEE BOX appeal tells the story of SCIAF’s work helping poor families affected by illegal fishing in one of the poorest provinces in Cambodia, Stung Treng.

The money given by the UK government will help 20,000 Cambodians affected by poverty, illegal fishing and land-grabbing in 50 Cambodian villages. This includes providing seeds, farm tools and safe drinking water to the most vulnerable members of the community.

It was fantastic to have so much support from the wonderful pupils, teachers and parents at St Maurice’s High and others across Scotland for our WEE BOX appeal launch.