Mary's Meals supporters pose for picture with hiking gear and Mary's Meals t-shirts ahead of challenge

Parishioners raise more than £5,000

Supporters from St John the Baptist & St Kentigern RC Parish took part in the From Dalmally to Malawi challenge

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A group of parishioners have raised more than £5,000 to help feed some of the world’s poorest children after taking part in our first ever From Dalmally to Malawi fundraising challenge. 

The supporters from St John the Baptist & St Kentigern RC Parish chose to tackle the challenge by hiking The Seven Hills of Edinburgh, walking over 25 kilometers and climbing more than 700 metres to reach summits at the likes of Arthur’s Seat, Castle Rock and Calton Hill. 

A total of 15 church members participated and each asked friends, family and fellow parishioners to sponsor them, resulting in a wonderful £5,552.20 donation for Mary’s Meals. The money raised will help to feed desperately hungry school children in some of the world's poorest countries.

Supporters getting photographed on top of Easter Craiglockhart Hill Edinburgh while wearing blue Mary's Meals t-shirts


Throughout April, Mary’s Meals supporters from across the UK clocked up a total of 31,000 miles by walking, running and swimming to complete the journey from Dalmally, the village in the Highlands of Scotland where our work began, to Malawi, where children first received life-changing school meals. 

Morven Macgillivray, supporter engagement manager at Mary’s Meals, thanked the church for its fantastic contribution and said: “We are incredibly thankful to the parishioners at St John the Baptist & St Kentigern RC Parish for helping to keep our promise to some of the poorest children in the world who rely on Mary’s Meals. 

“It’s been very heartening to see so many people embrace our inaugural From Dalmally to Malawi challenge, and the incredible sum of money raised by the church will go a long way to providing little ones with a nutritious daily meal in school, and a ladder out of poverty.” 

If you're looking to stay active over the summer, you can take part in our Move For Meals fundraiser. Whether you skip, walk, dance or swim – you can turn your moves into meals for hungry children around the world.  

To find out more, visit: Move For Meals | Mary's Meals UK (

Child holding mug of porridge in Malawi

It costs just £19.15 to feed a child for a whole school year.