Great things can grow from small beginnings, and Mary’s Meals is one such example.
Stuart Fergusson gave a lively and informative talk to 40 members and visitors of Laurencekirk and District Inner Wheel club last week.
From a jeep full of food and blankets driven to Bosnia, by two brothers from Dalmally, Scotland, in 1992, this grew to become Scottish International Relief. S.I.R expanded and began to work in various countries. In 2002 this included a famine relief programme in Malawi.
Mary’s Meals grew out of a conversation with a young boy who had to look after his siblings when his parents and members of his extended family had died from HIV Aids.
Asked by Magnus MacFarlane -Barrow,(one of the brothers from Dalmally) what he hoped for in life, the boy replied “To have enough food to eat and to go to school one day.”
From this conversation, Mary’s Meals was born, and now 868,000 meals are provided each day, to chronically hungry children all around the world.
Cooked by local communities to encourage family involvement, the children receive the meal at school, to gain the education that can lift them out of poverty.
The charity still operates from the shed in Dalmally, and out of every £ donated 93p goes directly to the food programme.
As the charity itself says, ‘a simple solution to world hunger.’
A vote of thanks followed this inspiring talk.
Once again, the Charity Bazaar organised by Laurencekirk and District Inner Wheel, was very well supported by the community, and in excess of £1200 was raised for local causes.
A big thank you to all who helped and supported the event.