Princethorpe College helps charity feed 2 million children
The school has raised more than £110,000 for Mary's Meals
STUDENTS at Princethorpe College have been fundraising for a charity that now feeds more than 2 million children every school day in some of the world’s poorest countries.
The students have raised more than £110,000 for Mary’s Meals.
The charity provides food in a place of education to help children to attend school and concentrate in lessons.
Princethorpe’s fundraising activities have included cake sales, charity evenings, sponsored challenge walks, welly wanging and porridge day.
Teacher Rod Isaacs said he first met Mary’s Meals founder Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow on a pilgrimage to a Catholic shrine at Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
“When I mentioned this charity to our headmaster he said it sounded amazing. It has become the flagship charity of the school.
“Our students come from many different religious backgrounds or none, but they all know that it is a privilege to have a good education. Many of their parents make sacrifices for them to attend this school.
“These [the children helped by Mary’s Meals] are children who aren’t going to school because they don’t have enough to eat. Every child deserves to have at least one daily meal at school to help them out of poverty.”
Mr Isaacs said it was ‘absolutely breathtaking’ that a charity the school started to support in 2007/8 was now feeding more than 2 million children.
“The vision of the charity is unbelievably potent and people want to support it. We are very proud to be part of the story.
“Personally I am always amazed and inspired by the generosity of our pupils, parents, staff and friends of the school. I think they recognise what a simple but powerful response Mary's Meals is to the scandal of child poverty. Parents - mothers especially - want to give their children food. But if they cannot, then why shouldn't those of us who have so much share a little of what we have so that every child can have a decent meal and attend school - which is the surest route out of poverty.”
The school started fundraising for Mary’s Meals in 2007/8, raising £7,000 to build a school kitchen at Lauderdale School in Mulanje Province, Malawi.
Mr Isaacs said during the last 13 years hundreds of pupils had walked hundreds of miles to raise money for Mary’s Meals.
This year’s annual 24-mile challenge took place on Sunday 4th July, with the 27 pupils and 11 staff walking more than 885 miles in total.
At least 20 pupils as well as several staff were unable to take part due to covid safety measures but nonetheless have contributed massively through their fundraising and support.
The fastest walkers were Zara-Skye Drinkwater, Anthony Convey, Elizabeth Boyes, Ciaran Smith, Ben Scares and Pablo Scopes along with Charity Prefects Hannah McBride and Joe England with a time of 8 hours and 20 minutes. The heroic final finishers were Freya Caine and Lucy Hatfield just over an hour later.
A planned trip to Malawi for pupils and staff to work on a refurbishment project at Lauderdale school had to be cancelled due to Covid-19.
“However we raised enough to fully fund the total refurbishment of a large classroom block (nearly £10,000),” Mr Isaacs said.