Mary's Meals founder launches book at GCU

26 May 2015

GCU Honorary Graduate Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow OBE

GCU Honorary Graduate Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow OBE

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) welcomed Honorary Graduate Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow OBE back to the campus on Saturday, May 23 to celebrate the launch of his book, The Shed That Fed A Million Children.

The founder and CEO of Mary’s Meals read extracts and spoke of the work of the Scottish-based charity, which began feeding 200 children in Malawi in 2002 and now provides more than one million of the world’s poorest children with a nutritious meal every day they attend school.

More than 200 guests attended the event, including members of GCU staff and Mary’s Meals volunteers and supporters.

Magnus said: “It is quite remarkable to think that a million children are now eating Mary’s Meals every school day in some of the world’s poorest countries. The extraordinary ways in which the work has grown and developed have continually surprised me and filled me with a sense of mystery and awe.

“However, with 57 million children out of school and many millions more around the world chronically hungry, it is clear that our work has only just begun.”

Professor Valerie Webster, Vice-Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor, delivered the welcome address at the launch.

“We are delighted that GCU was chosen as the venue to launch The Shed That Fed A Million Children and to play a part in supporting the work of Mary’s Meals,” said Professor Webster.

“Magnus is a great friend of the University, and, together with Mary’s Meals, we are exploring ways that we can develop activities in partnership to reflect our commitment as a University for the Common Good.”

  • The Shed that Fed A Million Children is available to buy at the University bookshop, priced £10.