To all our supporters

I would like to extend a huge thankyou on behalf of Mary's Meals to all the generous people of Dunoon, surrounding villages and Snadbank Early Learning and Childcare Unit who have been so supportive during this difficult year. 

Mary's Meals has continued to ensure that children have received a meal in thier place of learning during this pandemic even if that was at home and your kindness has helped this work continue.

£15.90 feeds a child for a whole school year in one of the 19countries where Mary's Meals works. Until Jan 31st this will be matched by the IK government [so 2 children will be fed for £15.90!] and 93 pence of every £1 you donate goes to the provision of meals which are made by volunteers at the school.

We have again more than doubled our local goal of feeding 100 children and because the Government is matching everything we raise until 31st January we have also provided a further 85 children in Liberia with a school meal for a year. I know that also many of you donate through regular payments straight to Mary's Meals.

Thankyou so much for all you do.

Every act of kindness is appreciated.

Wishing you a Happy Christmas and Healthy New Year.

Beverley Soltysiak, Mary's Meals Community Ambassador

Marys Meals

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.



Mary's Meals update (April 17th 2020)


In the same way that schools here in Scotland are closed, the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in school closures around the world, meaning that the children being fed by Mary's Meals are being temporarily denied their education.  However, where possible the children will not also be denied their daily serving of Mary’s Meals especially as sometimes this is the only food they receive.

Urgent discussions with community leaders and governments are taking place to identify new ways to reach hungry children and a new approach has already been agreed for Turkana in Kenya, where tens of thousands of children are being provided with nutritious food at home until it is possible for them to return to the classroom.

Alongside this Mary's Meals has recently started feeding children in a new country – Niger, one of the poorest in Africa. 

Through this global crisis, Mary's Meals is committed to finding new ways to support children who rely on Mary’s Meals. To do this, they need our support more than ever. 


There are ideas on the Mary's Meals web-site, from turning your daily exercise into a fundraiser and asking for sponsorship; streaming lessons online in return for a donation to Mary's Meals; donating unwanted items to one of the shops or Rags to Riches project, when it is safe to do so; sending a Mary's Meals gift card to a friend; or collecting your change in a mug decorated using the on-line colouring kit, for more information visit the web-site marysmeals.org.uk


I once worked out how many miles it was to walk from the office at Dalmally to every Mary's Meals shop and back as 360 miles (approximately - don't hold me to this!!) and I will endeavour to use my daily exercise to achieve this, hopefully by August. You can sponsor me or donate, by visiting marysmeals.org.uk/donate, click on 'start fundraising', then 'search for a friends' and then put in 'Beverley Soltysiak' and this will take you to the '100 Meals Challenge - Year 5' site.


It now costs £15.90 to feed a child with Mary’s Meals for a whole school year and each meal costs just 8p, so even small gifts make a big difference.  Locally, as many of you know, we try to raise enough to feed 100 children a year and regularly send backpacks to Malawi. This year it will be harder, but I am sure we will get there!! And remember if you are sorting out at home, good second hand sandals, backpacks, clothing, pencil cases and contents can be put in the backpacks (visit the web-site for the full list) and we will send more as soon as we can.  I can be contacted via the Kilmun Hall web-site contact page where my weekly walking progress will be recorded!!

Beverley Soltysiak, Mary's Meals Community Ambassador.


Miles for Mary's Meals

A New Year challenge for Mary's Meals?

Our local aim is to feed 100 children through Mary's Meals (marysmeal.org.uk) every year when they attend school. Often these children will have to walk miles to school and might also have to go a distance to collect water. How far can you walk, cycle or run in 100 days?

The idea is to set yourself a challenge whether walking, cycling or running daily, or sporadically, training for a longer event, completing a mile a day, or a mile a week, or committing to a number of activities rather than miles, it doesn't matter, it's your personal challenge. The challenge starts on January 1st and finishes 100 days later on 10th April, when hopefully we will be able to have a celebratory event? Just make the commitment by registering and recording your goal via the contact page on the Kilmun Hall Web-site, www.kilmunvillagehall.com and enter your donation on the Mary's Meals local site on line (https://giving.marysmeals.org/en_gb/projects/clvu-100-meals-challenge---year-6 ) or send a cheque for £8.00 for every adult participating (children free) made out to Mary's Meals to Kilmun Hall, Kilmun, PA23 8SD along with your challenge and contact details. Until January 31st this amount will be doubled so your 'registration' will be enough to feed a child for a year. Sponsorship forms are available - https://d1345tgcm1bzpm.cloudfront.net/assets/global/Sponsorship_form.pdf and of course you can also register for Gift Aid (https://d1345tgcm1bzpm.cloudfront.net/assets/global/Gift_Aid_declaration.pdf if you wish.

Your name and challenge will remain private unless you chose to share it but let's see if between us we can commit to 1000 miles and see how much we can raise doing it? I'm committing to jog 100 miles over 100 days - with much trepidation as I'm not a runner (and actually my running is possibly slower than my walking!). I am also going to donate, what I could have spent on gym fees as my training will be free and outdoors! I will do this in January so that is doubled!

I look forward to hearing from you. With very best wishes for 2021 and huge thanks for your ongoing support to this amazing movement where every little act of kindness is appreciated.

Beverley Soltysiak. Mary's Meals Community Ambassador

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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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