Providing life-changing meals for children across the globe with Mary’s Meals
Ben Steele, Waterman’s Regional Director for Infrastructure & Environment in Glasgow, and his wife Caroline have been hosting various events and competitions over the past year to raise money for Mary’s Meals.
Working in the poorer communities at various locations ranging from Haiti to Thailand, Mary’s Meals have a pioneering vision to solve world hunger. Costing just £13.90 to feed one child for a whole year, their aim is to provide every child with one nutritious meal a day whilst they’re at school as well as sharing basic supplies with those in need.
Joining the cause with a target of £15,800, Ben and Caroline hoped to feed over 1,141 pupils at Lupaso Primary School in Malawi for one year by carrying out a sponsored walk, charity golf day, an office ‘dress down Friday’ collection and Christmas Baubles appeal. They also helped the pupils from three local schools donate 140 ‘kitted out’ school bags to children in Malawi as part of Mary’s Meals Backpack Project.
Their fundraising efforts were concluded with a Gala Ball and Auction which was attended by nearly 200 people. The £11,000 donations made on the night meant a total in excess of £20,000 was raised, going above and beyond the initial target.
Ben said; “Having been to Malawi, we saw first-hand the struggles that families face every day just to survive. When we heard about Mary’s Meals and the fact it costs just £13.90 to feed one child for a year, we didn’t think twice about getting involved. We are absolutely thrilled to have smashed our fundraising target and are now able to feed over 1,400 pupils! We cannot thank everyone enough for their incredible support.”