Mary’s Meals founder says thank you to Bute

Ballianlay Choir and Bute Community Band in action on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, at a concert which raised �2,100 for Mary's Meals.
Ballianlay Choir and Bute Community Band in action on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, at a concert which raised �2,100 for Mary's Meals.

The founder of an Argyll charity which received more than £2,000 at a Christmas concert on Bute has thanked the island’s residents for their generosity.

Magnus McFarlane-Barrow from Mary’s Meals paid tribute to those who raised a total of £2,100 at the Ballianlay Choir’s festive musical celebration on December 10.

Mary’s Meals began life in 2002 as a one-off programme to provide a daily meal at school for children in Africa, and now provides meals to more than 920,000 children as a means of alleviating hunger and promoting education.

Mr McFarlane-Barrow said: “Our vision is that every hungry child should be able to receive one good meal each day they attend school and in this world of plenty there is no reason why that can’t happen.

“The quiet determination of our many wonderful supporters is incredibly inspiring, and little acts of love like the Ballianlay Choir Christmas concert enable us to continue reaching the next child in need of Mary’s Meals.”

Mary’s Meals Liberia is currently reaching more than 100,000 children and their families with take-home food rations while schools remain closed because of the deadly Ebola virus.

In October 2013, Mary’s Meals launched its latest school feeding programme, reaching more than 20,000 impoverished children in Zambia with a daily meal every day they attend.

The One More for Christmas campaign, donated by Edinburgh-based creative company Whitespace, raised enough to fund 783,000 daily meals - more than enough to feed 3,800 children for a whole year in school.