Cab­i­net backs the global work of Mary’s Meals Holy­rood comes to Oban as the First Min­is­ter leads the way. Louise Glen, Steven Rae and Emma Crich­ton re­port

The Oban Times - - News -

CAB­I­NET min­is­ters made a do­na­tion to one of Ar­gyll’s best­known char­i­ties dur­ing their visit to Oban on Mon­day.

Mag­nus MacFar­lane-Bar­row, founder of Dal­mally-based char­ity, Mary’s Meals, met the min­is­ters at the Cor­ran Halls, where a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion was made, sup­port­ing the char­ity’s Back­pack Pro­ject.

The Back­pack Pro­ject en­cour­ages peo­ple, in­clud­ing school­child­ren, to do­nate their old back­packs and fill them with school ma­te­ri­als such as note­books, pen­cils and other equip­ment, for chil­dren in coun­tries such as Liberia, Uganda and Malawi.

First Min­is­ter, Ni­cola Stur- geon, said: ‘Mary’s Meals does fan­tas­tic work with chil­dren in some of the world’s poor­est coun­tries. That is why the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment is pro­vid­ing more than £1 mil­lion of in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment fund­ing over five years for Mary’s Meals school feed­ing pro­grammes in Malawi.

Mag­nus said: ‘This is ab­so­lutely bril­liant, and I’m ab­so­lutely de­lighted at the ges­ture, on top of the fan­tas­tic sup­port we re­ceive from the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment.’

The Scot­tish cab­i­net with Mag­nus MacFar­lane-Bar­row (fourth from left)

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