SuBo gives a toss for charity

Subo demonstrated excellent technique, achieving good height and constant eye contact with the pancake. Pic: SCIAF.

SUSAN Boyle showed off her pancake-tossing skills in front of amazed schoolchildren today.

At the fundraising event in an Edinburgh school the singing sensation also revealed she was again giving up her beloved chocolate for lent, as she did last year.

SuBo and Cardinal Keith O’Brian, head of the Catholic church in Scotland,  showed pupils at St Augustine’s High School how to mix, cook, toss, serve and enjoy a pancake lunch ahead of of the Scottish Catholic Internation Aid Fund (SCIAF)’s annual fundraising campaign.

The drive calls on people to give up a favourite treat during Lent such as cakes, coffee or wine, put the money they save in a SCIAF ‘wee box’, and donate the proceeds at Easter to help the agency’s life-changing work in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

In April last year SuBo revealed she had made it through Lent without once indulging in sweets or chocolate.

The ‘Wee Box’ campaign starts tomorrow and runs until 6 April.

Speaking at the launch Susan said“SCIAF and its work with people living in poverty in developing countries is really close to my heart and always has been.  I’m happy that I’m now in a position to help them more than I used to be able to.

“It’s going to be really tough giving up chocolate for Lent again so it was great to tuck into a small feast with the young people today.  It’s been great fun and I know every penny raised from the Wee Box, Big Change campaign will help people in need.”

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, SCIAF’s Chairman, said: “SCIAF’s works in some of the most serious and difficult environments in the world but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a lot fun raising funds to support its work.

Cardinal Keith O'Brian looks on in approval as Susan achieves a mid-air pancake flip. Pic: SCIAF.

“Today’s launch with Susan and the marvellous young people of St Augustine’s will hopefully inspire more people to join the campaign and give up a wee treat during Lent, put the money they save in a Wee Box, and donate it to help SCIAF’s work!”

Philippa Bonella, SCIAF’s Head of Education and Communications, added: “Nearly one billion people still suffer from hunger and poverty in the world today and that is just not acceptable.  We can all play a part in changing this disgraceful situation.

“The Wee Box, Big Change Lent campaign is an easy way to raise vital funds so that people suffering from severe poverty and injustice can get the practical help they need.”