Step by step for St Mary’s Meals as they help battle world hunger

by Sylvia Pownall

A group of nine devoted Mary’s Meals Dublin supporters took part in a fundraising walk to help combat world hunger.

The enthusiastic bunch, dressed in blue, walked from the Spire in Dublin City and headed west for 23km in the sweltering hot summer’s heat to Lucan and back.

Walkers set off from four other starting points across the country. Participants on each route covered more than 200 km as they made their way to County Mayo.

Dublin walker Aoife Martin said: “We all can do our little bit to help relieve the plight of hungry children living in poverty. I can’t think of a better, more worthy cause than Mary’s Meals in which to do so – it really is a simple solution to world hunger.”

Elena O’Dowd, age 15, walker, added: “It was a fun day, I was happy to take part and raise awareness for the cause of helping children in extreme poverty.”

Bucket collections along the routes were banned due to Covid-19 restrictions this year. Mary’s Meals says €18.30 will feed a child for a whole school year and at least 93% of each donation goes directly to its charitable activities.

The Dublin group of Mary’s Meals Volunteers raised €12,083.86 through sponsorship from family and friends. The group ask anyone who wishes to donate to visit marysmeals.ie/donate or text Joy to 50300 to donate €3.60.

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