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Mary's Meals Community Ambassador Update
I took up the role as local Community Ambassador for Mary's Meals towards the end of last year and have really enjoyed the experience so far. It is such a beautiful charity that both children and adults are usually really willing to help when they hear about it.

For the benefit of those who don't know, Mary's Meals is a no frills charity with a mission to help the poorest children in the world to eat and get an education by providing a basic meal in their school. Where possible the food is bought locally and cooked by the parents on a rota basis keeping costs really low so a little goes a long way.

Whilst provision of food is their primary concern, Mary's Meals developed a low cost way to provide the children with their basic school necessities through the Backpack Project.

A list of items needed is provided by the charity(and most can be in good used condition) to fill a used backpack for a Mary's Meals child in Malawi.

I am blessed to have a group of enthusiastic friends, at The Church of the Good Shepherd in Woodthorpe, and they started spreading the word about the Backpack Project amongst various nurseries and primary schools. Before I knew it backpacks started arriving on my doorstep and the first consignment of 24 backpacks was couriered up to Glasgow for onward shipping to Malawi. A second consignment of 30 went a couple of weeks later. Some of these came from The Priory School where I had been asked to talk to the children about the project. There are also two more requests for talks in the pipeline.

One member of our local team came up with the idea of donating a backpack in lieu of payment for an upcoming Pancake Day event. We are also planning a fundraiser for Mary's Meals in the form of an International Food Evening on Saturday 28th March at 7pm. It will be held at Good Shepherd Church hall in Woodthorpe and a number of parishioners have agreed to provide dishes from around the world.

If you would like to help with the Backpack Project and can donate any of the items on the poster or would like to buy tickets for the International Food Evening please contact Marie Langford.
3 Thackeray's Lane, Woodthorpe, Nottingham, NG5 4HT. Tel: (0115) 926 8288