Rotary and high school sponsor Malawi kitchen

Pictured are High School rector Archie Bathgate, Stewart Ferguson of Mary's meals, Head Boy Harry Runcie, Steve Collis and former High School rector Steve Dempsey.
Pictured are High School rector Archie Bathgate, Stewart Ferguson of Mary's meals, Head Boy Harry Runcie, Steve Collis and former High School rector Steve Dempsey.

The Mary’s Meals kitchen sponsored by Brechin Rotary Club and Brechin High School is now up and running at the Chipaso Girls School in Malawi.

Over the last two years the Rotarians and pupils undertook a wide range of fund-raising activities to raise the necessary funds.

They reached their target of £7000, thanks also to considerable support from other Rotary clubs in the north of Scotland.

They have made a life-changing contribution to build and equip a complete kitchen through the international charity, Mary’s Meals.

Mary’s Meals sets up and runs school feeding projects in communities where hunger and poverty prevent children from gaining an education.

The international charity currently provides a meal of nutritious vitamin-enriched maize porridge every school day for more than 989,000 children across five continents.

The aim of Mary’s Meals is to address the immediate needs of a hungry child by giving them something to eat, and to enable that child to receive the education that can offer an escape from poverty.

Steve Collis, president of the Rotary Club of Brechin, said: “This has been a major fund raising project by the club and Brechin High School, raising a significant sum of money. We wish to thank the local community for their support.

“We would also like to thank the clubs in District 1010 for their support.

“The school kitchen will make a lifesaving change to the young people of Chiphaso Girls School, in Kasungu district of northern Malawi.”

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, founder of Mary’s Meals said: “Today, around the world, 57 million children miss school because of poverty.

‘‘Instead of sitting in a classroom getting an education, they are working in fields, begging on street corners, or scavenging among the garbage to survive.

‘‘By building a kitchen through our Sponsor a School initiative, the Rotary Club of Brechin and Brechin High School are supporting the growth and expansion of our programmes by releasing funds that can be used to reach more children.”

The presentation of the cheque for Mary’s Meals was attended by High School rector Archie Bathgate, Stewart Ferguson of Mary’s meals, Head Boy Harry Runcie, Steve Collis and former High School rector Steve Dempsey.