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British long-distance cyclist Mark Beaumont, who for some time during his childhood lived in Kintyre, is using his star pedal power to support Dalmally-based school feeding charity Mary’s Meals.
Mark is asking people to take part in the fundraiser Miles For Mary’s Meals, by setting themselves a fun, exercise-based challenge.
Mark, who helped the charity launch the campaign on Wednesday, currently holds the world record for cycling 18,000 miles around the world in less than 79 days but suggests that people do not need to set themselves such ambitious goals to make a difference.
He said: ‘Last year was very difficult for all of us but, at the start of a new year, what better way to begin 2021 than by taking on a new challenge and at the same time fundraising to help others.
‘Whether, like me, you try a cycling challenge, go jogging around your neighbourhood, or lace up your boots and go walking, there are so many ways that you can get involved with Miles For Mary’s Meals. It’s a fantastic way to get more active and also help feed hungry children in the world’s poorest communities.’
Funds raised will allow Mary’s Meals to provide hungry children in some of the world’s poorest areas with a nutritious daily meal. The promise of food attracts impoverished children to the classroom, where they can gain an education that will one day hopefully be their ladder out of poverty.
And thanks to Double the Love, donations made will go twice as far. Give until January 31, and the UK government with match public donations to the charity, up to £2 million.
Gillian McMahon, director of supporter engagement at Mary’s Meals, said: ‘Whether it’s doing your regular run, getting on your bike or upping your daily step count, we hope that lots of people will get moving and take part in Miles For Mary’s Meals.’
Those taking part in Miles For Mary’s Meals are asked to ensure that they participate in their chosen exercise challenge safely and in line with Covid-19 restrictions in their local area.
To find out more about organising your own Miles For Mary’s Meals fundraiser, visit marysmeals.org.uk