It’s over! Finally, after a very, very long week of eating only porridge, rice and beans, the GU Mary’s Meals group are able to look forward to their meals again. Porridge Week is always one of the biggest events in our calendar, and this year’s one was an undoubted success – on Sunday night, with just two hours left to go of the challenge, we reached our £1000 target! With donations still coming in, Gift Aid to be added and in-person donations to be added to the total, our supporters have allowed Mary’s Meals to feed well over 80 children for an entire year.
Mary’s Meals works with some of the neediest, most deserving children in the world, be it those suffering from the food crisis in Malawi, feeling the effects of war in South Sudan, or who have lost nearly everything in Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. While our chosen diet for the week reflected the variety of meals being served in the feeding programmes across 12 different countries, the one thing that unites all 1,187,104 kids who eat Mary’s Meals every day is the sense of hope that a cup of porridge or a bowl of rice can bring through the promise of an education and a better life. While it was easy for us to complain about facing the hundredth serving of porridge come the end of the week, this challenge really makes you realise the privilege that is being able to eat what you want, when you want it. When a guaranteed daily meal is still seen as a luxury that millions of children miss out on every day, then it helps us to realise just how lucky we are and inspires us to keep working to make sure that every child has access to the most basic things that they are owed – an education and a daily meal. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us this past week in working in our small way towards this goal, and hope that you’ll continue to support us in whatever it is we get up to next. Watch this space!
The JustGiving page is still open if anyone would like to sponsor us but hasn’t got around to it yet – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Mary-s-Meals-University-of-Glasgow1 – thanks again!