Mary's Meals founder to launch book at GCU

20 May 2015


Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of GCU in 2013,

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) will welcome Honorary Graduate Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow OBE back to the campus on Saturday, May 23.

The founder and CEO of Scottish-based charity Mary’s Meals has chosen the University as the venue for the official launch of his new book, The Shed That Fed A Million Children.

Magnus, who was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University in 2013, will join invited guests to talk about his experiences that led to the creation of Mary’s Meals and to read extracts from his book, which will be published on Thursday, May 21 by William Collins.

The event will also include an introduction from Professor Valerie Webster, GCU Vice-Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor.

Mary’s Meals began feeding 200 children in Malawi in 2002. This week, the Scottish-based charity announced that it now provides more than one million of the world’s poorest children with a nutritious meal every day they attend school.

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.”

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