Vol­un­teers dress to im­press at the Palace … re­splen­dent in their char­ity shop out­fits

The Oban Times - - Births, Mar­riages & Deaths -

CHAR­ITY sup­port­ers in Oban who have been in­vited to a royal gar­den party hosted by the Queen will cel­e­brate in style – by at­tend­ing the event wear­ing clothes do­nated to the char­ity shop where they vol­un­teer.

Af­ter the royal oc­ca­sion at the Palace of Holy­rood­house, the team at the Mary’s Meals shop in Oban plan to re­sell the clothes, com­plete with a lit­tle mes­sage to say the out­fits have been worn to the royal oc­ca­sion.

Mary’s Meals is a Scot­tish-based char­ity which serves life- chang­ing daily meals to im­pov­er­ished chil­dren liv­ing in some of the world’s poor­est coun­tries, at­tract­ing them to the class­room where they can get an ed­u­ca­tion that can be their lad­der out of poverty.

The char­ity has seven shops in Scot­land – mainly run by vol­un­teers – which sell do­nated goods to raise vi­tal funds. Marie Rowan, shop man­ager in Oban, will join 19 of the shop’s vol­un­teers at the royal gar­den party in Ed­in­burgh on July 4.

The team agreed a fit­ting way to rep­re­sent the work of Mary’s Meals on the spe­cial day was to wear as much as they could from items do­nated to the shop.

Marie said: ‘I’m so happy for the team – this in­vi­ta­tion is a won­der­ful recog­ni­tion of the vol­un­teers who will be at­tend­ing the royal event, and of all our vol­un­teers. They work tire­lessly and give their time so freely to help us make a dif­fer­ence to some of the world’s poor­est chil­dren.

‘We want to cel­e­brate Mary’s Meals as much as we can at the palace, which is why we have de­cided to wear the out­fits from our Oban shop.

‘Hope­fully, we will show that we can look just as good wear­ing up­cy­cled goods, even at an event with the Queen.’

Christina Lit­ster, 75, who has vol­un­teered at the Oban shop for the past seven years, added: ‘It is an ab­so­lute honour to have been asked to go to the Queen’s gar­den party.

‘I feel so lucky and ex­cited. I have al­ready looked out a lovely pur­ple jacket and skirt suit to wear on the day. I can’t wait!’

Mary’s Meals pro­vides 1,230,171 chil­dren in 14 coun­tries with a daily meal ev­ery school day.

The char­ity’s av­er­age global cost to feed a child for a whole school year is just £13.90.

Where Mary’s Meals is pro­vided, there is a rise in rates of en­rol­ment, at­ten­dance and aca­demic per­for­mance.

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