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Government helps SCIAF make ‘twice the difference’

Charity bosses were delighted to announce that every pound donated to this year’s appeal, which takes place between February 21 and May 20 this year, will be matched by the government project.

The annual ‘Wee Box Big Change’ appeal raises vital funding for people in countries ravaged by war, poverty, hunger and natural disasters.

2020’s appeal tells the story of SCIAF’s work with thousands of women and girls affected by sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The aid-matching from the UK Government will provide thousands of women with healthcare, surgery and trauma counselling, as well as legal support to prosecute their assailants and become financially independent.

Helping women

Every year thousands of people across Scotland raise money for the appeal by giving up their favourite treats such as cakes, coffee and chocolate during Lent and putting what they would have spent into their Wee Box.

This is bolstered by initiatives across Scottish schools and parishes who hold their own fundraising events.

2019’s appeal raised over £925,000, and in 2018 the charity’s work helped over 2.7 million people in some of the world’s poorest countries.

SCIAF’s chief executive Alistair Dutton said: “I’m delighted the UK Government is going to double donations to our Wee Box Big Change appeal this year.

Making progress

“The money we will raise will help many thousands of vulnerable people in some of the poorest countries in the world overcome the challenges they face and work their way out of poverty.

“The money from the UK government will help 4,000 women in the DRC whose lives have been devastated by sexual violence. They will be able to get the help they need to recover fully and rebuild their lives.”

He added: “I urge everyone, please take advantage of this great opportunity by supporting the appeal. The money you give will literally make twice the difference.”

To find out more, get your Wee Box or make a donation online visit www.sciaf.org.uk or call 0141 354 5555

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