A spokesperson from the children’s food aid charity, Mary’s Meals, has just thanked young Martha Payne who, through her school dinners blog, NeverSeconds, has actually completed her self-set fund raising challenge – to raise enough money for a new kitchen for the charity in Malawi.
Martha had to stop blogging and say goodbye to her friends last night after Argyll and Bute Council stopped her from photographing her school dinners.
Despite this, her readers still went to her blog today and they carried on supporting Mary’s Meals in making donations through the Just Giving page Martha had set up and linked from her blog..
A spokesperson from Mary’s Meals has just said: ‘Martha’s support for Mary’s Meals has been amazing and we are extremely grateful for everything that she has done to help us reach some of the hungriest children in the world.
‘We are overwhelmed by the huge response to her efforts today which has led to so many more people donating to her online donation page.
‘Thanks to this fantastic support, Martha has now raised enough money to build a kitchen in Malawi for children receiving Mary’s Meals as part of our Sponsor A School initiative and has broken the record for hitting a Sponsor A School online fundraising target in the quickest amount of time.
‘The fact Martha has broken her target means we have been able to allocate her a school in Malawi, the African country where Mary’s Meals feeds more than 540,000 children every school day. Lirangwe Primary School in Blantyre, Malawi – which has 1963 pupils – will soon have a brand new kitchen shelter thanks to Martha and her supporters.
‘If donations continue at the current rate, it will not be long before a year’s feeding costs for all of the Lirangwe children are covered too.
‘Mary Meals is a global movement that sets up school feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest communities where hunger and poverty stop children from gaining an education. It costs us just £10.70 to provide Mary’s Meals to a child for a whole school year, so any support, no matter how small, can help us make a real difference.’