Fundraising News: South African legal assistance charity calls for donations

A UK charity that raises money for free legal advice for disadvantaged South Africans is launching an urgent appeal for donations to stop it eating into its reserves to cover its administration costs.

The Legal Assistance Trust needs to find £33,000 to cover rent and staff wages for its work raising money for its Legal Resources Centres across South Africa.

The centres, which provide free legal advice and lobby on behalf of tens of thousands of poor and disadvantaged South Africans, are heavily dependent on international funding and rely on the Legal Assistance Trust to provide around 25 per cent of their income every year.

But the Legal Assistance Trust has found it “impossible” to raise money to cover its core costs from UK trusts and foundations.

The charity is now appealing for public donations, and is also hosting a fundraising dinner and running a radio appeal in November to try to make up the £33,000 shortfall.

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