Bishops launch Lent appeal for ‘generation without hope’
SCIAF’s Bishop President Joseph Toal, Archbishop Leo Cushley and Bishops John Keenan and William Nolan are lending their support to SCIAF’s Wee Box, Big Change Lent appeal, urging people to give generously.
This year’s appeal tells the story of SCIAF’s work with vulnerable young people in Uganda.
In central and northern regions, high unemployment rates, HIV and AIDS, and the legacy of war have left a high number of orphans and a generation of young people without hope and trapped in extreme poverty.
SCIAF is helping young people to be independent, grow the food they need and earn a living so they can support themselves and their families.
SCIAF board member Bishop Keenan said: “This Lent, please look out for SCIAF’s Wee Boxes in your parish, or you can order your Wee Box on the SCIAF website. By making a small sacrifice and saving a few pounds in your Wee Box you can make a tremendous difference to people who need our support.”
Bishop Nolan added the Wee Box Lent appeal will have a massive impact on the poorest people in the world: “The Wee Box may be small, but the change it can bring to people’s lives can be huge, and over the years it’s helped to lift thousands of people out of poverty,” he said. “Please support the Wee Box this year and together we can end poverty.”
Bishop Toal thanked Scots who have helped in the past and urged them to do so again this year: “On behalf of SCIAF, and the people they’re helping, I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who’s supported the Wee Box appeal.”
He added: “SCIAF’s work wouldn’t be possible without you, so thank you for living your faith and reaching out to those in need.”
• To get your own Wee Box, make a donation or find out more about the appeal visit: www.sciaf.org.uk
Photo: (L-R), Bishop John Keenan, William Nolan, Archbishop Leo Cushley and Bishop Joseph Toal are backing SCIAF’s ‘Wee Box, Big Change’ Lent appeal in aid of vulnerable young people in Uganda. Picture: PAUL McSHERRY/SCIAFTags: Catholic Church, faith, Lent appeal, SCIAF, Scottish Bishops, Uganda, Wee Box