Mary's Meals Founder visits BWH
Founder and Global Chief Executive of Mary’s Meals, Magnus MacFarlane- Barrow, took time out of his busy schedule last week to visit Blessed William Howard Catholic High School in Stafford.
Magnus came to address students from Blessed William Howard and from the local Catholic Primary Schools who are all part of The Painsley Catholic Academy; this included Blessed Mother Teresa’s, St Austin’s, St Anne’s, St Patrick’s, St Dominic’s in Stone, St Mary’s in Brewood and St John’s in Great Haywood. All of the schools within the academy are taking part in a campaign that they have called ‘20:20 for Mary’. The campaign aims to motivate each child and staff member to try to raise a target of £20 for the Mary’s Meals charity by February, and another £20 by the end of July during 2020.
“The concept of Mary’s Meals is so very simple and yet effective, it really appeals to all of our students,” commented Blessed William Howard’s Principal, Mr. Karl Brown. “Mary’s Meals is about providing children with a daily meal at a place of education. This resonates with our students. As little as £13.90 can feed a child for a whole school year.”
The 20:20 campaign has already begun with both secondary and primary school children busy running cake sales, fashion shows, raffles, and sponsored sports events. Magnus delivered assemblies to all the high school students and representatives from each primary school to allow them to hear real-life stories about the children this money will be used to help.
Magnus has lived in Argyll, Scotland, since the age of nine and began his career as a fish farmer. However, when the Bosnian conflict was making headlines in the early 1990s, Magnus and his brother Fergus were moved to help. He was named one of 2010's ‘Top 10 Heroes’ by broadcaster CNN and received an OBE in the 2011 New Year’s Honours list. Mary’s Meals was founded in 2002 and has grown from its first feeding operation of 200 children in Malawi to a worldwide campaign, providing free school meals in hundreds of schools and feeding more than one and a half million children daily. Mary's Meals is named after Mary, the mother of Jesus, by its founders, who were inspired by their Catholic faith.
Blessed William Howard Catholic High School has raised just over £3500 since September for the 20:20 campaign, with new donations coming in every day and a busy schedule of activities planned.
“Having the chance to meet Magnus and hear his real-life stories was so inspirational and we are very grateful to him for making time for this. His words have given life to what the project is all about and acted as a fantastic springboard for our next fundraising drive,” commented Mr. Karl Brown, Principal at Blessed William Howard.
Picture shows Magnus MacFarlane- Barrow with Mr. Steve Bell, CEO of the Painsley Catholic Academy, Mr. Karl Brown, Principal of Blessed William Howard, Mrs. Lyn Cyples, the Chair of the Governing Body for BWH and students.