Singing sensation Susan Boyle has teamed up with Paralympic gold medallist David Smith to launch a charity campaign aimed at tackling global poverty.
The pair got together to mark the start of the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund’s (Sciaf) Wee Box, Big Change appeal for Lent.
It asks people to give up one of their favourite treats for 40 days, such as chocolate, coffee or wine, and save the cash they would have used in a Sciaf Wee Box, to be donated at Easter.
The money will go towards the charity’s work in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
At the launch in Glasgow yesterday, Ms Boyle and Mr Smith were joined by Scotland’s most senior Catholic, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, and local schoolchildren. Ms Boyle, who has publicly supported the campaign for three years, said she was giving up sweets, chocolate and crisps.
The singer, from Blackburn, West Lothian, said: “It’s important that we all have dreams. I’m very fortunate to be living mine.
“For other people, affected by terrible poverty, war or disease, they dream of peace, good health and having enough food to eat. I’m supporting Sciaf’s Wee box, Big Change campaign by giving up sweets, chocolate and crisps because I know Sciaf works side by side with people in poor countries to help them overcome poverty and the challenges they face.
“They help people to live their dreams.
“I’d encourage everyone to join the campaign.”