ST BRIGID’S pupils were certainly leaders of the pack recently.
They were involved in a bag-packing exercise that will send gifts and items to children in Malawi.
The kind-hearted youngsters sent a total of 121 bags to the country, in association with the Mary’s Meals charity.
Each bag is filled with basic school supplies that can provide a huge boost to children in Malawi, which is one of the most poverty-stricken countries in the world.
The school’s P6 teacher Margaret-Ann McCluskey felt the pupils all put in a superb effort to help out.
She said: “It was Primary six that organised the appeal, and the school really supported the appeal as a whole.
“We also had tremendous support from the local community and from the local parish, as the details of our appeal were read out in church and many locals wanted to help out after that.
“This is all about global citizenship for the pupils, and about getting them to think about other children that aren’t as lucky as they are.
“The fact that so many children were helping out over lunch breaks and things like that shows just how enthusiastic they were about the backpack project.
“A special thanks goes to Leoni Orr and Lewis Campbell, who gave up their lunch breaks, collected backpacks and took gifts that had been handed in on their own without backpacks and organised them into backpacks too.”
Most of the children who benefit from Mary’s Meals and the backpack project have suffered war, poverty, famine, or natural disaster. Very often families cannot afford to buy basic things like pencils, copy books, or even suitable clothes for their children to wear to school, meaning their children miss out on school and an education.
A simple backpack with educational materials can be a lifeline to these children as studies show that an education is the best way a chronically poor child can escape poverty in later life.
Mary’s Meals have been on the go since 1992, helping in many countries across the world.
Anyone interested in participating in the backpack project or looking for more information should contact Mary’s Meals either through firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 698 1212.