25 August 2015
The Cabinet filled up their rucksacks to take part in the Mary’s Meals Backpack Challenge when they visited Oban recently.
Mary’s Meals has a depot in Dalmally, and dropped into the Cabinet to collect the backpacks, where there was a 50:50 split between boys and girls!
The Scottish Government has provided approximately £1.8m in funding for Mary’s Meals from 2010-2018 for the purpose of running feeding programmes in Malawi.
The charity’s aim is to ensure that children receive a nutritious daily meal before their school day. In projects it runs in countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Mary’s Meals volunteers see that many children don’t have basic tools for school, such as paper and pencils. The Backpack Challenge encourages people to fill up a backpack of essential items for a boy or a girl that will help them learn.
You can also take part in the Backpack Challenge:
What to Pack
- Pens, pencils, crayons
- Eraser, ruler, sharpener, pencil case
- Shorts or skirt, t-shirt or dress
- Flip-flops or sandals
- Soap (a bar of, not liquid), toothbrush, toothpaste
- Small ball
- Clothing for children aged between 4-12 years is suitable.
- Second-hand items are fine if they are in good condition.
- Please label your backpack to indicate whether it is suitable for a boy or girl, and suggest what age.
- Please don’t include any liquids (including liquid soap) and don’t be tempted to add any other gifts such as toys or sweets, as these can cause problems with Customs during delivery.
Earlier that day, Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, visited Mary’s Meals in Dalmally and met the charity’s founder, Magnus Macfarlane-Barrow.
— Scot Gov Culture (@culturescotgov) August 24, 2015