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As an organisation Mary's Meals provides over 1 million children with a meal every school day and 500,000 school backpacks have been distributed (www.marysmeals.org.uk) and here along the Shore and in Dunoon we have actively contributed to those achievements. For 2 years we have raised enough money to feed 100 children (or more!) a year and over 12 months we collected over 100 backpacks. Our target this year is £1390 so that we can continue to feed 100 children and more backpacks as we work towards a total of 200! Our 1st event was an interesting and well supported ‘Meet the Author’ evening at the Library in Dunoon with Ann McClintock who's book, illustrated by another local person Elizabeth Bruce, is being sold for Mary's Meals.  This will be followed by an Afternoon Tea at Dunoon Catholic Church Centre on 19th May, 2.30 – 4.30 pm with the local Parkinson's Support Group who will have a bottle Tombola in aid of Parkinson's Research. There will be various stalls and in the past we've had live music. Our annual event at Kilmun Hall will be on Sunday 7th October, and we hope to collect more backpacks with the help of  Santa again this year. 

Thankyou to everyone for your ongoing support and help - it's truly a community effort.

Craft Group contribution
Craft Group contribution
Items from the craft group for Mary's Meals

Over 1 million children are being fed each school day by Mary's Meals, in 18 countries and of course there are many more that need a school meal to bring them to school and give them energy to help them learn and suitable resources to help them study[www.marysmeals.org.uk]. Over 500.000 school backpacks have also been distributed in Malawi and here along the Shore and in Dunoon we have actively contributed to those achievements. For 4 years we have raised enough money to feed 100 children ['or more] a year and over that period we have collected almost 200 packpacks. Our target this year was £1390 so that we can continue to feed 100 children and already in March 2019 we have already almost doubled this. This was in part because we all raised this year was doubled by the UK govenment, but couldn't have happened without the support from those putting money in collecting boxes at the Glory Hole in Blairmore, Strone Post Office, Anselmos, Eco, Kim Stores,, and in thier own collecting boxes at home - whether 'official' boxes or their own individual styled pots, and a contribution from Dunoon Inner Wheel and customers of the Co-op! Also a big thankyou to everyone who turned up for the Soup and Sandwich lunch and Beetle Drive at Kilmun Hall. It was great fun. This superb combined total will be doubled, which means that the total raised this year, with the terrific amount collected at Sandbank school, is over £2700 and will feed almost 200 children for a whole year!!! More details of how this total was raised can be found on the Mary's Meals website, on the donation page, under The 100 Meals Challenge - Year 4. Our plan now is to focus on backpacks, for children in Malawi. I will be inviting children. parents, grandparents and schools to think about collecting good quality used packpacks, summer clothes, sandels or fli flops, balls, towals that wont be needed after the summer holidays when they return to school in August. All contributions will be collected, sorted in October in Kilmun Hall on Flea Market day and handed in to Beverley or Helen.

Thankyou to everyone for your ongoing support and help - it's truly a community effort.

To be collected: backpacks, skirt or shorts, tea shirt, snadels or flip flops, [ all can be second hand if in good condition] pens, pencils, crayons, notebook, pencil sharpener, rubber, ruler, pencil case, spoon to eat lunch, toothpaste, towel for personal hygiene, a small ball for breaktime.

Beverley Soltysiak, Mary's Meals Community Ambassador

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