Islanders urged to help charity

People across the islands are being encouraged to support fund-raising efforts to help the world’s poorest people.

Friday, 2nd April 2021, 10:05 am
Updated Friday, 2nd April 2021, 10:08 am
Islanders are being asked to help

The “WEE BOX Lent” appeal by the Scottish Catholic Aid Fund is aimed at some of world’s poorest as they continue to be ravaged by climate change, hunger and the coronavirus crisis.

The charity has once again managed to secure a UK Government pledge that they will match their efforts, meaning that every £1 donated from the public is worth £2 in aid. However, the government commitment only lasts till 11th May.

Every year, generous Scots give up a treat for Lent and place the money they would save into the WEE BOX. Money raised helps to provide crucial schooling, healthcare, food, sanitation and employment.

In 2020, the appeal raised over £2.6 million helping people in extremely poor communities where SCIAF works. Last year, the people of Na h-Eileanan Siar gave over £5,750.

SCIAF’s Director Alistair Dutton said: “We’re incredibly grateful to the people of Na h-Eileanan Siar for supporting us year after year.

"Even during these difficult months you have shown amazing generosity and kindness. Your continued support means extremely poor communities can get the help they need to work themselves out of poverty and survive the devastating impact of the pandemic.”

The coronavirus crisis has pushed extremely poor communities even further to the brink, meaning they are more than ever in need of assistance.

This year’s efforts will focus on educational projects in war torn South Sudan, one of the world’s poorest countries.