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Friday, February 24, 2017
Edinburgh: River City stars join SCIAF fast
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¬†Stars from BBC's River City have been quick off the mark to support SCIAF's 24-hour Fast. Lorraine McIntosh, John Murtagh, Jenni Keenan Green and Libby McArthur are asking people across Scotland to join them in 'a day without food for a world without hunger'. The stars are reminding folk to order their packs for the annual fund and awareness raising event which takes place on Thursday, 17 February. It's an important date for all those Scots who are hungry for justice and want to help the 840 million people who go to bed hungry every night. Lorraine explained why she had decided to miss meals for a day: "24 hours is such a short period of time to go without food when people suffer constant hunger around the world. This gives us the chance to show solidarity." Jenni said: "It's a small sacrifice to make. There's no excuse not to get involved. It'll be good if families fast together. It gives them the chance to focus on the bigger issues like why people go hungry and what they can do to help." The Fast always attracts great support from individuals, groups, workplaces and schools across Scotland and thousands have already signed up. Everyone can make a difference. It costs only £10 for a vegetable garden that can feed a family in Africa for a year and last year's Fast raised £90,000, transforming lives across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Robert Russell, SCIAF Fundraising Officer, said: "It's great that the appeal of 2005's Fast has stretched as far as Shieldinch but you don't have to be famous to take part! We all have a role to play and if you're unable to fast for 24 hours then you can give up a favourite food for the day or fast for a shorter period of time." The Fast has given a host of famous names food for thought including The Proclaimers, Gerard Kelly, Kaye Adams, Tommy Burns, Ally McCoist, Shereen Nanjiani and Sarah Heaney. Robert Russell from SCIAF continued: "For us fasting is a matter of choice but for the people that SCIAF supports in Africa, Asia and Latin America living without food is a daily reality. "The Asian tsunami has dominated the headlines but 30,000 children across the world still die every day from preventable diseases. The funds raised from the Fast will enable SCIAF to continue with its work in other parts of the globe. . That's why I'd like to thank Lorraine, John, Jenni and Libby for their support and to urge as many people as possible to become involved." The last word goes to Libby, who said: "I'm looking forward to the Fast. It'll be fun!" To find out more about SCIAF's 24 hour Fast or to order your Fast t-shirt just like the ones worn in the photos call SCIAF on 0141 354 5555 or visit
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