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We're celebrating the hard work that goes on at universities and colleges for Mary's Meals

Back to all stories | Posted on 19 Feb 2018 in Blog

It’s Student Volunteering Week – so here are just a few stories about wonderful people who are combining their university studies with support for Mary’s Meals.

St Andrews University

Students in the Mary’s Meals Society at St Andrews’ University held a fundraising concert – and sold every ticket!

Gemma Matthews, President of Mary’s Meals Society at St Andrews, said: “We love the positive and simple message of Mary’s Meals – every child should have enough to eat and be able to go to school.

“Engaging with local people and buying ingredients from local food producers means that the feeding programmes provided by Mary’s Meals are sustainable and benefit whole communities. The ethics and positivity of Mary’s Meals really appeals to me!

“Two bands played at our event– the Irn Blues and The Motion Poets – who are both incredibly talented. We can’t wait to see where those bands go in the future!

 “We’ve tried to put on events that appeal to every type of student in St Andrews, including a superhero 5K run, in partnership with Saints Sport.”

Strathclyde University

The society at Strathclyde University in Glasgow is holding fundraising events throughout the year, including pub quizzes and bake sales.

Bethany Ripley, from the university’s Mary’s Meals Society, said: “This year we decided to join the Sponsor A School initiative and we are now raising money to feed 218 children for a whole school year at William V.S. Tubman Gray Public School in Liberia. To do so we need to raise £3,031.

“We have £1171.23 left to raise and we hope to do this by hosting an Easter ceilidh, more pub quizzes, holding a sponsored walk and having a bake sale.

“Mary’s Meals is a key example of how a little can go a long way. Started by one man and his kindness, it has led to millions of children being fed and brought into education.

“I have made great friends in the society and I would just encourage people to get involved in any way they can. Whether you have two hours or two days spare a week, there are always ways to stay involved in the society and the charity.”

King’s College London

Students at King’s College London have been supporting our mission through the Catholic Society’s events.

 Bianca Costa-Sales, the KCL Catholic Society's social secretary, is delighted with the response from students.

She said: “Students were very keen to provide us with their home made cakes for the bake sales and as well as helping us promote the sale to attract a wider public, they also gave donations.

“I believe in local actions spurring a worldwide chain of transformative solidarity. I really appreciate being able to help a charity that started in the UK and helps children in the developing world.”

Aberdeen University 

Students at Aberdeen University organised a Burns’ Night and ceilidh event.

The Mary’s Meals Society teamed up with their friends in the History Society to host the event – around 60 people attended the Exodus nightclub in the city and a total of £225.25 was gifted to Mary’s Meals from ticket sales.  

Thanks for all your amazing work, it’s first class!

There are many different ways you can help by donating your time, money, thoughts and prayers.