Scotland's top politicians back the WEE BOX

Scotland’s top politicians joined forces to support SCIAF’s WEE BOX, BIG CHANGE Lent appeal to help some of the world’s poorest people.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney, Scottish Liberal Democrat and Scottish Labour leaders Willie Rennie and Richard Leonard, co-leader of the Scottish Greens parliamentary group Alison Johnstone and senior Conservative MSP Donald Cameron posed with giant WEE BOXES outside the Scottish Parliament as they gave their backing to our life-changing work. 

We work with people in some of the poorest countries in the world, providing emergency aid and practical long term support to those affected by hunger, poverty, war and disasters. Last year alone, we helped over 207,000 people in 27 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

This year’s WEE BOX appeal tells the story of how we're helping vulnerable young people in Uganda affected by poverty, HIV and AIDS, and the legacy of war to grow food and earn a living so they can support themselves and their families. 

Every year thousands of people across Scotland make personal sacrifices during Lent, like giving up a favourite treat, to raise money for SCIAF’s WEE BOX, BIG CHANGE appeal. Money from the appeal will help to change the lives of vulnerable young people in Uganda and many other countries around the world.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said:

The important work that SCIAF does though their appeals makes a huge difference to thousands of people struggling to survive. The generosity of people across Scotland is central to this and signals to our global neighbours that they can count on our continuing support in their time of need. I would encourage everyone to contribute to this appeal if they can.

Scottish Liberal Democrat party leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

I am delighted to support SCIAF’s WEE BOX appeal for 2019. This year the campaign focuses on those in need in Uganda, where the legacy of war and HIV have left many young people in poverty.

There are lots of ways to get involved, perhaps giving something up for Lent or holding a fundraising event.

Donations will have a real impact on the projects in Uganda, and others around the world, supported by SCIAF and make a positive difference to each community.

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard MSP said:

The Wee Box appeal is a fantastic initiative which has become a Lenten staple for many families and workplaces.

In the last year alone SCIAF has directly helped more than 200,000 people throughout the globe.

They are able to do so because of the generosity of people in communities across Scotland.

I hope this year's Wee Box appeal is even more successful than the last to allow SCIAF to do even more amazing work fighting poverty, war and hunger.

 Scottish Conservatives MSP Donald Cameron said:

SCIAF are an amazing charity who have supported thousands of people in some of the world’s most impoverished regions.

The money that is raised from fantastic initiatives such as the WEE BOX campaign helps to provide long term support to individuals and communities through vocational training programmes, installation of rainwater tanks, and providing vital emergency aid in natural disaster zones.

I urge people to get involved so that they can make big changes happen with a WEE BOX.

Last year supporters in Scotland donated almost £1.7 million to the appeal.