Schools go hungry in aid of SCIAF appeal

Pupils from Our Lady's High and St Maurice's High took part in a 24-hour fast to help raise money for SCIAF's WEE BOX Lent appeal.

Thursday, 19th April 2018, 5:32 pm
Updated Thursday, 19th April 2018, 5:34 pm
There might have been some empty tummies at Our Ladys High in Cumbernauld, but pupils and staff did fill their WEE BOX to help the work SCIAF is doing in Cambodia

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

The UK Government has committed to doubling donations received by May 8 through Aid Match which will help 20,000 Cambodians affected by poverty, illegal fishing and land-grabbing in 50 villages.

This includes providing seeds, farm tools and safe drinking water to the most vulnerable members of the community.

The WEE BOX appeal for 2018 was launched at St Maurice’s High in February and more than 200 pupils and staff then finished the fast.

Maths teacher and SCIAF schools fundraising coordinator Margaret Slaven said: “I am delighted and very grateful that so many pupils and staff agreed to go without food for a day to raise money for the WEE BOX appeal this year. St Maurice’s pupils and their families are always very generous.”

Dozens of pupils and staff from Our Lady’s High also ensured they didn’t eat for a day to support the appeal.

Claire Callaghan, principal teacher of religious education, said: “We are absolutely delighted that 61 pupils and seven staff took part in our SCIAF Lenten fast this year.

“Our young people approached this activity with real enthusiasm and commitment. This small sacrifice for them really helped to put into context the difficulties so many people face on a daily basis in countries helped by SCIAF across the world.”

If you took part in SCIAF’s WEE BOX Lent appeal this year be sure to get your donations into SCIAF before the May 8 deadline so your money is doubled pound-for-pound through the UK Government’s Aid Match scheme.

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