PUPILS at Rothesay Joint Campus are supporting Argyll-based charity Mary’s Meals during their lunch hour at the school this week.
Argyll and Bute Council is raising awareness of the charity through a week-long series of events running from March 26-30.
The council has pledged to give a proportion of the cost of each school meal directly to Mary’s Meals, while there’s also a collection box for children to go to school with a packed lunch – and cake and sweetie stalls were held on Tuesday and Wednesday too.
Mary’s Meals is based in Dalmally and currently supports around 600,000 children in 16 countries in pursuit of their vision to ensure that every child receives a daily meal in a place of education.
The authority’s head of education, Carol Evans, said: “I am delighted that our schools are able to support Mary’s Meals. This is a local Argyll charity and it is important for our young people to understand not only how important education is in everyone’s lives but also know that they can make a difference to the opportunities of children many hundreds of miles away.”
Tony Begley, education co-ordinator with Mary’s Meals, added: “We are absolutely delighted that Argyll and Bute Council has decided to host a Mary’s Meals awareness-raising week.
“Although now operating as an international charity with supporter groups all over the world, Mary’s Meals is proud to have its roots firmly in Argyll, where our headquarters continue to be based.
“This week offers many learning opportunities for schools, providing pupils with the chance to learn more about the impact of food on their health, wellbeing and education – while, at the same time, allowing them to hear about the many challenges faced daily by the children supported by Mary’s Meals.
“Moreover, the pupils from Argyll and Bute will have the opportunity to actually help Mary’s Meals feed some of the world’s poorest children simply by choosing to enjoy a school meal, or by participating in any of the fun events arranged by schools.
“This fantastic contribution will make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged children in some of the world’s most impoverished communities.”