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    Vuelta cycle challenge for Mary’s Meals

    Hardie Polymers MD, Fergus Hardie, (second from right) competed in the ‘Vuelta’ cycle challenge on the West Coast of Scotland recently. He rode over 300km in 3 days and helped raise funds for Mary’s Meals charity – they feed over 1.2 million of the worlds poorest children every day!Mary’s Meals


    About the Vuelta cycle challenge : 

    The full story behind the cycle ride was published recently in the Oban Times.  Some of the teams are pictured below.

    “Former Scottish Rugby captain, Rob Wainwright, and supporters are undertaking a mammoth challenge called C2K – Coll to Karonga, to raise funds for Mary’s Meals. 370 people are hoping to raise as much as £40,000 by clocking up 5,555 miles. The participants include double Olympic gold rower Heather Stanning and also record-breaking long-distance cyclist Mark Beaumont.”

    About Mary’s Meals

    Mary’s Meals provides one good meal to some of the world’s poorest children every school day. Mary’s Meals respects and reaches out to people of all faiths and of none.

    Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow grew up in Argyll, Scotland. In 1983, a pilgrimage to the shrine of Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina renewed his family’s faith. Consequently, it led Magnus’ parents to convert their guesthouse into a retreat centre or ‘Family House of Prayer’.

    In 1992 Magnus and his brother Fergus were enjoying a pint in their local pub when they saw TV reports of the Bosnian conflict. They felt moved to help those suffering.

    After spending much of the night talking about ways to support the relief effort, the brothers decided to organise a local appeal. Food, clothing, medicines and donations of money soon began to arrive at their home.

    They grabbed a week’s holiday, bought a second-hand Land Rover, and joined an aid convoy. They delivered the donated goods to Medjugorje – a place of international pilgrimage.

    Guy and myself having scaled the last of the 3 big hills over to Tignabruaich !
    Team members Guy Richardson and Fergus Hardie having scaled the last of the 3 big hills over to Tignabruaich !

    Mary’s Meals today

    Today the charity is feeding 1,230,171 of the world’s poorest children every day they attend school.

    Their simple but effective approach has gathered momentum. Today they serve children across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and South America.

    Mary’s Meals also supports a home for young people with HIV who were abandoned as children in Romania.

    If you would like to donate to support the incredible work of Mary’s Meals then please visit their website.

    Finally, team picture and quote (C) Oban Times

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