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Cardinal O’Brien and Susan Boyle back SCIAF’s Lent appeal

Cardinal Keith O’Brien has urged Scots to support SCIAF’s Lent campaign ahead of international singing star Susan Boyle launching the charity’s Wee Box, Big Change appeal next week.

The focus of this year’s campaign is on the emergency aid and long term development work that the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund is providing in Haiti, work which Cardinal O’Brien witnessed firsthand when he visited the island in January.

“I saw for myself the hard work being done by SCIAF and its partners to help thousands of people whose lives have been turned upside down by last year’s devastating earthquake,” the cardinal said. “I met the Felix family, featured on this year’s Wee Box, and have heard first-hand about the huge difference SCIAF’s support has made to their lives.”

International singing star Susan Boyle is to launch SCIAF’s 2011 Wee Box, Big Change appeal in Glasgow on Ash Wednesday to help desperately poor people in developing countries by encouraging charitable donations through Lent. Ms Boyle, who wowed the congregation at Bellahouston Park last September ahead of the Papal Mass, is the highest selling British artist overseas for the second year in a row.

SCIAF’s Lent campaign is Scotland’s largest annual international development fundraising campaign and runs from March 9 to April 21 this year. It provides long term practical help to desperately poor people in developing countries.

The Wee Box, Big Change campaign raised £889,875 in 2010 and benefited from the support of a wide range of famous Scots including Michelle Mone, Ally McCoist, and The Proclaimers. More famous faces are putting their weight behind the campaign this year and their support will be announced at the launch event. SCIAF is an agency of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland.

“Our SCIAF Wee Boxes help us to make big changes to the lives of people living in extreme poverty across the world too,” Cardinal O’Brien said. “Helping people so that they can help themselves is the key to SCIAF’s work.”

— To get a free Wee Box contact SCIAF on 0141 354 5555 or e-mail supporterservices@sciaf.org.uk. Special prayer resources and posters for your school or parish are also available.

Pic: Paul McSherry

Comments - 2 Responses

  1. Kathy says:

    SuBo has done quite a few things for charity already.
    Good for her. She finally got a break in life is now willing to help others.

  2. Pat O'Shea says:

    I have just raised £710 for Haiti, and am so delighted with very prominent people like Cardinal Keith O’Brien and Susan Boyle working together for the good of others who are less fortunate. This is what religion is all about, out there doing good for others.

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