During a recent visit to Rome, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, CEO and founder of Mary’s Meals took some time out of his busy schedule to visit the Scots College.
The Scots College was proud to host Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow from Mary’s Meals on the evening of Wednesday 4th May. Magnus joined the community for the Rosary, Evening Prayer and an informal supper before speaking about the story of Mary’s Meals. He spoke about the early years and how the charity organisation has grown rapidly in the 14 years since it was founded from the work of Scottish International Relief, a body that began as part of the relief effort during the Balkans conflict in the early 90’s.
The pivotal moment that saw the foundation of Mary’s Meals with it’s straight forward mission – A simple solution to world hunger – was a hard hitting famine in Malawi, where Magnus met a young boy, Edward. He was the eldest of six children whose mother had died and his answer to Magnus’ question “What do you want from life?” was simply, “to have enough to eat and to go to school one day.”
After his talk on the background of the charity, Magnus gave an overview of the international efforts to answer the mission statement which includes work in Malawi, Liberia, Kenya, Haiti, India and Ecuador. The benefits of the work is not just limited to the school children though, Mary’s Meals sources as much as possible from local farmers and other producers to provide the meals, thus spreading the benefits around the local area.
The evening ended with a Question and Answer session and a presentation of €1565 from the community to Mary’s Meals, the total amount raised after the recent quiz night. Sr. Gerard, who regularly organises fundraisers, presented the envelope to Magnus.
Find out more details about the charity and the work around the globe by visiting the website, just click here.
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