Glasgow teachers cycle 940 miles from Paris to Pisa for Mary’s Meals

Three Glasgow teachers embarked on a gruelling 940-mile cycling fundraising challenge this week, touring iconic Notre Dame cathedrals across Europe 

The teachers from Notre Dame High School in Glasgow began their 14-day tour this week, starting from the Paris landmark and cycling to Notre Dame Cathedral in Pisa, via Notre Dame Cathedral in Nice.

The inspiring team hopes to raise £3,000 to support our work.

Patrick Haggarty (45), a technology teacher at the school, is determined to make a success of the challenge.

He explained: “We teach pupils who, thankfully, have their basic needs met most of the time. We were inspired by a fellow teacher who volunteered at a Mary’s Meals school in Malawi four years ago. He was astonished that 100 children who may not otherwise have been at school, were sitting in a classroom ready to learn because of the promise of a daily meal.”

And this is not the first time Patrick has challenged himself to support Mary's Meals. In 2018, along with biology teacher Chris Harte, 36, he cycled 600 miles from Notre Dame High School in Glasgow to the Notre Dame in Paris, raising more than £7,000 which helped to feed about 590 children for a year.

Patrick and Chris are joined by their colleague Greig Cavanagh, 29, this year – and together they’re taking the cycle ride to new heights.

Patrick said: “I’m excited to get to the top of the highest climb of 7,100ft. Psychologically, once you’ve achieved that, you know you’ll be able to complete the whole challenge.

“The money we raise will make a lasting difference to the lives of hungry school children in some of the world’s poorest communities. That will keep us motivated throughout, even if we’re a bit saddle-sore.”  

Frank Nelson, Head of Fundraising, said: “We are so thankful to the teachers of Notre Dame High School. As a result of their efforts, children who would otherwise be working for their next meal can instead be sitting in classrooms with a full stomach, learning how to read and write.”

Our work would not be possible without the generosity of supporters like Patrick, Chris and Greig, who are inspired to make a difference to the lives of hungry children.

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