Papal and BBC boost for Mary’s Meals

Duncan Bannatyne

A CHARITY that provides school meals for hundreds of thousands of the world’s least fortunate children will benefit from the Pope’s visit to Glasgow.

Mary’s Meals have been chosen as one of two official charities for Pope Benedict XVI’s state visit to Scotland on September 16. The other charity to benefit will be the Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The work of Mary’s Meals will be the subject of an appeal on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday.

Glasgow-born entrepreneur and star of Dragon’s Den Duncan Bannatyne will present the three-minute broadcast, where he will talk about his experiences visiting the charity’s projects in Malawi and Romania.

During the broadcast, listeners will also be able to hear children singing and playing at a school in Malawi helped by Mary’s Meals.

The charity was set up in 2002 by Scottish International Relief co-founder Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, after hearing the oldest son of a mother dying of AIDS say that he wanted ‘enough to eat and to go to school one day.’

Mary’s Meals now operates in 15 of the world’s poorest countries, providing free school meals for more than 400,000 children.

“We want to thank Duncan Bannatyne for giving his time and energies to help Mary’s Meals, and the Radio 4 appeal team for their advice and support,” said Magnus McFarlane-Barrow, chief executive of Mary’s Meals, “Mary’s Meals is growing rapidly and this BBC appeal is a wonderful opportunity for us to share our story with people across the UK.

Listeners across the UK will be able to hear the appeal at 07:55 this Sunday and Thursday afternoon at 15:27. The appeal will also be on BBC iPlayer for a week from Sunday.


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