Inspirational students head to the shed

Amazing student fundraisers from across Scotland help feed young minds by embarking on massive trek

A group of students from across Scotland have embarked on a 68 mile walk to our shed in Dalmally where the Mary’s Meals story began.

The students from The University of Strathclyde’s Mary’s Meals society laced up their hiking boots and trekked for four days along the West Highland Way.  

Calum and Rachael were part of the group that set off on Saturday 18 May for the gruelling hike through some of Scotland’s most striking scenery. The pair co-founded the society in 2016 after recognising a real potential to make a difference to the lives of hungry children.

Reflecting on the recent trek, Calum said: “We thought it would be symbolic to walk from the University to the shed where it all started. 

“As I graduate this year, it was such a great finale to my time spent helping to run the society. I hope the experience inspires other students to continue fundraising for years to come, helping Mary’s Meals provide some of the world’s poorest children with a meal at school.

They were inspired to take on the trek to the shed at the first ever Mary’s Meals student day. Hosted by The University of Strathclyde’s Mary’s Meals Society, the event welcomed around 30 students from universities across Scotland.

From pub quizzes to bake sales, the students have worked tirelessly to raise funds for Mary’s Meals. To date, the Strathclyde society has raised an amazing £3,271.88 which will feed 235 children in their place of education for a whole year.

Rachael said: “As students, we often spend too much money on socialising. I was inspired to hear that just £13.90, less than I spend on a night out, could feed a child in school for an entire year. It made me realise the impact that we could make to children’s lives.”

Thanks to the hard work and generous support from university societies and students across the UK, children are in classrooms with full stomachs, learning how to read and write.

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