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Benbecula’s Chris MacLullich is putting his best foot forward in the Big Lent Walk to raise funds for the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF).

Chris is already almost a quarter of the way to completing the 200 kilometres and has raised £610, well over half of his £1,000 target.

Every £1 he raises through the Big Lent Walk will go to SCIAF’s WEE BOX Appeal, which is focused on women and girls in Rwanda facing gender-based violence.

Donations can be made online via Chris’ JustGiving page.

But don’t expect to see Chris pounding windy Benbecula's by-lanes soon as he is currently in Malawi racking up the miles while visiting SCIAF projects there.

Posting on Facebook, Chris said: “Almost halfway through my visit to SCIAF projects in Malawi. Brilliant work by our partners to support people to have enough to eat through the year and to protect themselves from floods, dry spells and the damage of storms and cyclones. 

"All of this is getting worse because of global heating. The first project I visited involves agro-ecological farming, growing a more diverse range of crops, introducing goats, tree planting to protect the environment, bee-keeping, protecting river banks from erosion by planting bamboo, and setting up village savings and loan associations so that people can increase their income. 

“The picture below is of a farming family who have been forced to harvest grass seeds as maize is so expensive in the weeks before harvest time.

"Please support SCIAF’s brilliant work. I’m just over halfway to reaching the target of £1000, but I do need to run more - this will be easier when I’m back in Benbecula, although I’ve managed a couple of jogs and walks here. #BigLentWalk Please sponsor me here, no matter how much!”

Glagow-based Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund is the official aid and development agency of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland. 

Established in 1965, SCIAF works in eight countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America, assisting vulnerable people. SCIAF works with partner organisations and has responded to humanitarian disasters with emergency provisions and support.