The Proclaimers set walking challenge for Aberdeenshire residents
You don’t have to walk 500 miles to raise funds for Mary’s Meals this summer.
The Proclaimers famously sang about walking 500 miles – and now the musical brothers are asking people in Aberdeenshire to take on their own walking challenge to help Mary’s Meals feed hungry children.
The Scottish duo is calling for residents to take part in the charity’s Move for Meals campaign, which encourages people to raise sponsorship while getting active.
Mary’s Meals serves nutritious school meals in some of the world’s poorest countries. The promise of a good meal attracts hungry children to the classroom, giving them the energy to learn and hope for a brighter future.
The Proclaimers – Craig and Charlie Reid – have supported Mary’s Meals for several years.
Craig says: “Summer is here, and there’s never been a better time to get your walking shoes on and raise money for this great charity. It costs just £15.90 to feed a hungry child with Mary’s Meals for an entire school year – so a little sponsorship can make a big difference.”
Charlie adds: “We’re not asking you to walk 500 miles, or 500 more… With Mary’s Meals, just a small number of steps can help to feed hungry children across the world.”
Mary’s Meals reaches 2,279,941 children every school day in 20 countries, including Ethiopia, Syria and Haiti.
Dan McNally, head of grassroots engagement at Mary’s Meals, said: “We serve Mary’s Meals in the world’s poorest, and often most difficult, locations because we know that’s where children need us the most.
“Today, we face some of our greatest challenges yet in a world devastated by conflict, food insecurity and the cost of living crisis. It is easy to feel hopeless when faced with so much suffering.
"But every single thing that people do for our mission makes an enormous difference to the children who eat Mary’s Meals.”
The Mary’s Meals campaign was born in 2002 when Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow visited Malawi during a famine.
Mary’s Meals feeds more than two million children every school day in 20 countries: Yemen, Malawi, Liberia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Haiti, Kenya, India, South Sudan, Niger, Uganda, Ethiopia, Benin, Lebanon, Syria, Myanmar, Thailand, Ecuador, Madagascar and Romania.
To find out more, please visit www.marysmeals.org.uk/move-for-meals