Eilish McColgan looks at camera while wearing Mary's Meals charity T-shirt

Eilish McColgan praises Mary's Meals supporters on fundraising efforts

The record-breaking runner had called on people to sign up for Mary’s Meals’ From Dalmally to Malawi challenge

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Champion runner Eilish McColgan has congratulated Mary’s Meals supporters for taking part in our inaugural From Dalmally to Malawi fundraising challenge.

In April, they collectively clocked up over 31,000 miles, eclipsing the 7,000 miles target, to travel virtually from Dalmally, the village in the Highlands of Scotland where Mary’s Meals was founded, to Malawi, where we served our first life-changing school meals.

Eilish, who last month broke the British half-marathon record, says: “I want to congratulate everyone who took part in the From Dalmally to Malawi challenge! I've been cheering everyone on as they've been raising vital funds for Mary’s Meals.

“It’s always an exhilarating feeling to cross the finish line after a lot of hard work, and I’m sure lots of joy was had throughout the journey too.

“As a runner, I’m very passionate about keeping fit. Although one race has come to an end, people can continue to stay active and support Mary's Meals by taking part in the charity's Move for Meals challenge. Knowing that small steps can make a big difference, I’d encourage everyone to pull on their walking or running shoes and get involved.”

Funds raised by the From Dalmally to Malawi challenge will help Mary's Meals to reach children like Stephanie, who features in a video which documents the virtual journey from Scotland to the East of Africa.

Stephanie is one of 151,968 children in Liberia who relies on Mary's Meals.

She says: “I love Mary’s Meals because they help to keep me in school by providing the food for us. 

“I want to say congratulations to those of you who cycled, ran and walked and those who provided money to support Mary’s Meals. Thank you.” 

Dan McNally, head of grassroots engagement at Mary’s Meals, says: “Our supporters and volunteers are at the heart of everything we do, and we’re incredibly grateful they came out in force to take part in the very first From Dalmally to Malawi challenge.  

“If this challenge has inspired you to get active, you can sign up to our Move For Meals fundraiser. Whether you walk, skip, dance or swim – you can turn your moves into meals by asking friends and family to donate to your challenge.” 

Child in Zambia enjoying Marys Meals in class

Why not set your own active challenge to fundraise for Mary's Meals!