Back-pack boost

Members of the St John's Church Tuesday Club with Mrs Helen Fleming (back far right) and the back packs they have donated to Mary's Meals.
Members of the St John's Church Tuesday Club with Mrs Helen Fleming (back far right) and the back packs they have donated to Mary's Meals.

CHILDREN’S charity Mary’s Meals received a welcome boost last week when members of the St John’s Tuesday Club presented back-packs and a “top-up” cheque.

Mrs Helen Fleming of the Dalmally-based charity was presented with a cheque for £235 and 41 primary school sized back-packs filled to capacity with writing materials, tee-shirts, toothpaste, toothbrushes etc.

In accepting the items Helen said: “Forfar is really on our map.”

The donations were made to help underprivileged children to go to school in developing countries throughout the world as part of the Mary’s Meals objective of getting each child a daily meal and an opportunity to study and help their self-development.

In her reply Carol Douglas said the year-long fund-raising work had been a co-ordinated effort of the club members with friends, The Forfar Disabled Club and Mrs Phyllis McLeay, as well as many individual generous Forfarians who contributed.

In all, a total of £700 had been raised and this along with the ‘bulging’ backpacks were to be taken to Glasgow for allocation, to purchase foodstuffs in the chosen countries, and the ‘gifted goodies’ to be sorted as per prescribed ‘Customs Rules’ for onward distribution through the Mary’s Meals overseas organisation, with carriage given under goodwill arrangements by international shipping agencies.

At the point of delivery the backpack will give a pupil a pleasant surprise and the daily meal strength to pursue schooling to get them an education, and perhaps lift them out of poverty.