Staff at Glasgow school meals provider Cordia today handed over a £1,300 cheque to Mary's Meals, which will allow the charity to supply meals to more than 200 underprivileged Malawi school children for a year.
Cordia, the new company launched this week to run Glasgow City Council's frontline services, welcomed Mary's Meals co-founder Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow to its Port Dundas base to receive the money, which was raised by two initiatives.
- An internal fundraising day at Cordia's Glasgow headquarters- £500
- A 50/50 charity club run by a group of seven homecarers from Bridgeton in the East End- £800
Mary's Meals provides daily meals in school for more than 350,000 children in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe and one aspect of the charity that constantly captures the public's attention is the fact that it only costs £6.15 to provide a child in Malawi with Mary's Meals for a year. This means the Cordia staff's donation could potentially feed 211 Malawi children for 12 months.
Councillor Ruth Simpson, chair of the Cordia board, said: "As a school meals provider, Mary's Meals is a charity very close to Cordia's heart. While we provide meals at more than 300 schools across Glasgow we are aware that there are millions of vulnerable children in Malawi and many other countries in the world who don't enjoy this privilege. Indeed, the provision of school meals in Malawi is a major factor in encouraging children into education.
"We are delighted to welcome Magnus today and present this fantastic sum of money which is testament to the determination and charitable will of many of our staff."
The 50/50 charity club involving homecarers in Bridgeton is led by seven co-ordinators who collect money from staff each week- with 50% going to charity. The seven co-ordinators are Frances McKeown, Ann Marie Rodden, Josephine McKiernan, Ann Marie McCabe, Hilda McWilliams, Mary Robertson and Susan Clark.
Frances said:"This is a really worthwhile cause and we are only too happy to help."
An offshoot of Scottish International Relief, Mary's Meals was established in 2002 as an international movement to set up school feeding projects in communities where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education.