Last Thursday, 9th March, saw the first ever nationwide day of student-led events under the #MarysMealsonCampus banner, and across the country, from Aberdeen to Exeter, the impact of young people in the Mary’s Meals movement was clear to see.
With coffee mornings and bake sales being hosted by Mary’s Meals societies at Aberdeen, Glasgow, Strathclyde and Exeter universities, the blue tops were out in force at campuses all over the country. In total, the #MarysMealsonCampus events raised nearly £600, over £300 of which came from Glasgow’s very own Big Coffee Morning. Thanks to the support of the Students’ Representative Council, and all the staff and students who popped in over the course of the day, our Big Coffee Morning proved to be one of the biggest events of the year for GU Mary’s Meals.
It is our hope that Thursday was just the first of many successful campaigns to come through #MarysMealsonCampus, and that the role of students and young people in the Mary’s Meals mission continues to grow with more and more societies forming at universities and colleges across the country, and perhaps the world.
While we are always aware of the massive family of supporters, volunteers, leaders and children who make up the wider Mary’s Meals movement, #MarysMealsonCampus provides an opportunity for all the young people involved in this amazing mission to end world hunger to collaborate, co-operate and work together. Our first #MarysMealsonCampus day saw fundraisers across the country being organised by students, supported by students, and raising enough money to feed 42 children for a year, bringing them into the classroom, transforming them into students, and giving them the chance of a better life, free from poverty.