Young buskers launch drive to help world’s poor

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS -

Busk­ing school pupils have helped launch a Scot­tish char­ity’s an­nual fundrais­ing drive to help ben­e­fit some of the world’s poor­est peo­ple.

The Scot­tish Catholic In­ter­na­tional Aid Fund (Sciaf) Wee Box, Big Change ap­peal asks peo­ple to give up a favourite treat such as cof­fee or choco­late and put the money saved into a Sciaf Wee Box, then do­nate it at Easter to help fund the char­ity’s overseas aid work.

An 18-strong band from St Maurice’s High School in Cum­ber­nauld played samba and tra­di­tional Scot­tish tunes in the St Enoch Cen­tre in Glas­gow to raise money at the launch of the ap­peal – which this year fo­cuses on the char­ity’s work help­ing poor fam­i­lies af­fected by il­le­gal fish­ing in Cam­bo­dia.

Cam­bo­dian fam­ily the Langs fea­ture on this year’s Wee Box, a fish­ing and farm­ing fam­ily who were left strug­gling for food after crim­i­nal gangs used dy­na­mite and elec­tro­cu­tion to har­vest fish in their lo­cal river.

Sciaf’s Di­rec­tor Alis­tair Dut­ton wel­comed the UK Gov­ern­ment’s pledge to dou­ble do­na­tions re­ceived be­fore May 8.

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