It’s coming up for exam time but that hasn’t stopped us these last few weeks. Last Friday saw the Strathclyde society’s first ever event and it was a massive success. Mary’s Meals founder and CEO, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow kindly came along to speak about the charity’s work and introduce the main event of the evening – our screening of the award-winning documentary Generation Hope, showcasing the unbelievable impact of Mary’s Meals’ work on children around the globe. Hope really was the theme of the night – not only did we get to see once-needy children go on to university, employment and a chance of a better life, but a lot of people were inspired by what they saw and showed an interest in working with the groups in the months and years to come. Hopefully, Friday night will be just the starting point for the Strathclyde group to grow, the partnership between our two groups to flourish and for a lot of successful work in our future, to keep giving needy children the chances in life that they deserve and that we are so privileged to enjoy.
After the film, some of the group got to speak to Magnus himself and ask him about his life and the amazing work he leads, while he was delighted to hear about all the work and fundraising that we get up to as a society. But that wasn’t all Magnus had to say, as the next day he was the keynote speaker at the annual Mary’s Meals Day in Edinburgh, aimed to bring together the extended Mary’s Meals family and celebrate all the successes of the past year. The hall was packed as we heard of the unbelievable challenges being overcome to keep the promise of a daily meal in a place of education to all the kids who rely on Mary’s Meals – be it airdropping supplies in the midst of the civil war in South Sudan or setting up projects in the refugee camps of Lebanon, the simple promise of a meal brings hope of a brighter future every day to those that need it most.
These really busy past couple of weeks have made sure that GUMM goes out on a high, now that our work is coming to an end for the semester. Whether it’s been quiz nights, Porridge Week, film nights, hearing Magnus speak or selling porridge, we have hardly stopped this year and it wouldn’t have been possible without the generosity of all the friends and supporters of GUMM. Thanks to you we have raised well over £1000, feeding scores of children for a year, and made sure that everyone recognises the blue tops around campus.
We’re looking to keep up the work in the new year, so watch this space for our next big event! In the meantime, follow us on all our social media pages and keep all those who depend on Mary’s Meals in your thoughts over the holidays. We are always looking for new members and big ideas, so spread the word and we will see you at our stall at Refresh!
See you in 2017!