Newton Mearns Girlguiding group raise £1850 for Mary’s Meals

The fundraising efforts of 1st Maxwell Mearns Rainbows, Brownies and Guides mean Mary's Meals will be able to feed 133 children.
The fundraising efforts of 1st Maxwell Mearns Rainbows, Brownies and Guides mean Mary's Meals will be able to feed 133 children.

The 1st Maxwell Mearns Rainbows, Brownies and Guides, from Newton Mearns are delighted to have raised an impressive £1850.75 for the Scottish charity Mary’s Meals.

Mary’s Meals provides daily school meals to children in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

The meals ensure that hungry tummies are filled, which in turn helps the children to thrive in the classroom, giving them and their families the chance of a brighter future.

Back in February, around 80 girls from the three units took part in an Africa-themed activity day. As part of this, they found out about some of the work Mary’s Meals does in Africa and decided they would fundraise to provide school meals.

It costs just £13.90 to feed one child for a full year. They set a target of £1.181.50 – which might seem a little random, but that is the amount required to feed 85 children for a year and there are 85 Rainbows, Brownies and Guides across the three units.

During their activity day, mugs were decorated, which represented the mug that a child in Africa is given their daily meal of porridge in, and these were used to collect spare change from family and friends.

Some girls went beyond this and did extra fundraising in the form of sponsored swim and cake sales, and one leader had a non-uniform weekend at her work.

The three units are delighted with their efforts and the total raised means they can now feed 133 children. The Rainbows, Brownies and Guides would also like to thanks everyone who supported them in the fundraising efforts.