Saturday, 17 March 2012

Actor sacrifices coffee for SCIAF

Remember the Scottish actor Robert Carlyle? Amongst other films, he has appeared in Trainspotting with Ewan McGregor and the Full Monty. But it seems that there is more to this actor than his professional abilities.

Carlyle is taking part in the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund's programme, Lenten Wee Box, Big Change challenge.

As you probably know, Lent is a time of year when many people give up something which lasts for 40 days. The Lenten Wee Box, Big Change scheme aims to raise funds by asking people to give up one of their treats and to donate money to their cause. What is the daily treat that the famous actor has agreed to forgo? The answer is one of the treats that we all enjoy: coffee.

The funds which are raised are intended to combat poverty and injustice in developing continents such as Africa and Latin America. The money will go towards items which make a practical difference to these people and give them a chance to help themselves – gifts such as seeds, tools and training are offered.

This is the second year of this campaign and it will be officially launched by Susan Boyle. In 2011, the Wee Box, Big Change raised over £900,000 – a big change indeed. The start date for the Wee Box, Big Change is 22 February. Carlyle will also promote the event and is to feature in the advertising. Other famous names who have added their weight to the campaign are the Proclaimers and the Scottish international football captain, Darren Fletcher.

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