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FREE PICTURE:  Scottish Parliament’s Leading Politicians Back Sciaf Wee Box Appeal, Thurs 21/03/2019:
  Deputy First Minister John Swinney, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie, Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard, co-leader of the Scottish Greens parliamentary group Alison Johnstone and senior Conservative MSP Donald Cameron today (Thursday 21st March 2019) posed with giant WEE BOXES outside the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, as they gave their backing to the charity’s life-changing work around the world’s poorest countries.
 This year’s WEE BOX appeal tells the story of how SCIAF is 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. 
Pictured left to right are: Alison Johnstone MSP, Richard Leonard MSP, John Swinney MSP, Donald Cameron MSP and Willie Rennie MSP.
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Top politicians back Wee Box appeal ahead of ‘SCIAF Sunday’

Politicians from across all parties made a united front this week, as they praised the ‘life-changing’ work the Scottish Catholic charity.

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 MP Donald Cameron were among those to back SCIAF’S Wee Box Lenten appeal.

The politicians were pictured with giant Wee Boxes outside the Scottish Parliament (above) as they voiced their support for the charity, which works to support individuals in some of the world’s poorest countries.

“The important work that SCIAF does through their appeals makes a huge difference to thousands of people struggling to survive,” John Swinney said.

“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.”

Helping the vulnerable

The charity’s appeal will this year tell the story of how they are helping vulnerable young people in Uganda, who are affected by HIV/AIDS, poverty and the legacy of war.

SCIAF, who helped over 207,000 people in 27 countries last year alone, are helping the young people in Uganda by helping them to grow food and earn a living to support both themselves and their families.

Following last year’s Wee Box appeal, which saw dedicated supporters in Scotland donate almost £1.7 million, Richard Leonard spoke of the Wee Box appeal as a ‘Lenten staple’ for many families and places of work, while Donald Cameron urged people to get involved in order to ‘make big changes happen with a Wee Box.’


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