The end of February marks another successful campaign of charitable fundraising by the students, parents and staff of St Leonards Junior School, who this year chose to support Mary’s Meals, a charity which focuses on providing in-school meals to disadvantaged children around the world. An amazing £4,956.45 was raised for the charity, along with over 60 backpacks filled with school supplies.
Boys and girls happily helped load backpacks onto Mary’s Meals’ van after joining Headmaster of the Junior School, Mr Andrew Donald, in presenting a cheque to Lynsey Neilson, Fundraising Officer for the charity. The impressive total was raised largely through the Junior School’s October Fun Run and the popular Christmas Fair in December. Mr Donald said: “I have found that Mary’s Meals has been most enthusiastic about our efforts and we are very pleased to be involved in directly helping children who would otherwise be unable to attend school.”
Mary’s Meals is based in Scotland and currently feeds 989,791 of the world’s poorest children every day they attend school. It started providing aid to one town in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1992, and now helps children throughout over a dozen countries. The average annual cost to feed a child in-school meals is just £12.20; this simple act improves daily attendance and concentration, encourages the education of girls and helps children to achieve better marks.