Kids make their mark for Mary’s Meals

Netherlee youngsters Charlie Annand, Thomas Motler and Olivia Prentice make their mark for Mary's Meals
Netherlee youngsters Charlie Annand, Thomas Motler and Olivia Prentice make their mark for Mary's Meals

Pupils from Netherlee Primary have teamed up with Mary’s Meals in a bid to help the charity up its donations.

The youngsters were visited by the charity’s schools officer, Lynsey Neilson, as part of their global citizenship project, and volunteered to help stamp canvas bags with Mary’s Meals branding— going on sale at Mary’s Meals Day on November 22.

Jordan Callaghan, P5 teacher, explained: “We chose to do this as part of our project, because it helps teach pupils about children who are suffering on the other side of the world, and how we can take responsibility to help them.

“It was fantastic for our pupils to hear about the work of Mary’s Meals; how the charity attracts children living in great poverty to come to school to receive a daily meal, and to be educated so that they can have a better future.

“They were amazed that Mary’s Meals feeds over one million children in 12 countries in school.

“Of course, the children loved getting covered in paint and stamping the bags!”

The Netherlee kids will have helped the charity twice over, with Mary’s Meals’ Aid Match status meaning that all personal donations made by December 28 will be doubled by the UK government.

Mary’s Meals Day, held at the Royal Concert Hall, will also include arts and crafts stalls, a pre-screening of new feature film Generation Hope and a production of Cathy Forde’s play, One In A Million, inspired by the charity.