Mary’s Meals founder is hon­oured for char­ity work

The Oban Times - - News -

THE Royal Scot­tish Ge­o­graph­i­cal So­ci­ety has named Mag­nus Mac­Far­lane-Bar­row OBE from Dal­mally as the re­cip­i­ent of its latest Liv­ing­stone Medal in recog­ni­tion of his ded­i­ca­tion to chang­ing the lives of mil­lions of chil­dren across the world through the work of Mary’s Meals.

The Liv­ing­stone Medal, awarded for an out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to hu­man­i­tar­ian work with a ge­o­graph­i­cal di­men­sion, recog­nises Mag­nus’s work over the past 15 years to take Mary’s Meals from a sim­ple idea to a ma­jor char­ity that feeds more than one mil­lion school chil­dren in 12 coun­tries around the world every day.

Mag­nus was awarded his medal by RSGS board mem­ber Vanessa Collingridge at an event held in Glas­gow Univer­sity on Novem­ber 16.

The Liv­ing­stone Medal was en­dowed by RSGS co-founder Agnes Liv­ing­stone-Bruce in mem­ory of her fa­ther, Dr David Liv­ing­stone and was first awarded in 1901 to ex­plorer Sir Harry H Johnston. Since 1901, the medal has only been awarded a fur­ther 66 times.

Re­cently the RSGS Liv­ing­stone Medal was awarded to An­nie Len­nox for her work to raise aware­ness of HIV/Aids. In her ac­cep­tance speech she men­tioned ad­mi­ra­tion for Mag­nus.

It is fit­ting that the last two Liv­ing­stone Medal­lists, An­nie and now Mag­nus, are be­ing recog­nised for their work in the very coun­try in which Liv­ing­stone him­self did most of his work, Malawi.

Speak­ing about re­ceiv­ing the medal, Mag­nus said: ‘When we be­gan this work, we wanted to bring hope to peo­ple in des­per­ate sit­u­a­tions and help them to change their lives for the bet­ter. Now there is a global move­ment of peo­ple, all work­ing to­wards the same goal – that every child re­ceives one daily meal in their place of ed­u­ca­tion.’

Mag­nus MacFar­laneBar­row is con­grat­u­lated by broad­caster Vanessa Collingridge on win­ning the pres­ti­gious medal.

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