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
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)