Princethorpe’s SVP Committee Meet Mary’s Meals Founder

Princethorpe’s Youth Saint Vincent de Paul (SVP) committee, who champion charitable efforts at the College, got the chance to meet inspiring Mary’s Meals founder, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow OBE face to face in London on Thursday 9 November. The committee of Sixth Formers, accompanied by Rod Isaacs, Assistant Head of Sixth Form, travelled to Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church in Kensington for an evening celebrating the Catholic Truth Society’s 150th year of publishing, where Mr MacFarlane-Barrow was the keynote speaker.

During the evening the committee were given the opportunity to speak to Magnus and to tell him about the fundraising undertaken by the College. They were also lucky enough to listen to his speech, where Mr MacFarlane-Barrow explained how the life-changing charity came to be founded. He explained that he never set out or planned to create a charity, but how the idea just gradually came upon him.

Mary’s Meals has a mission to provide children with a meal every day and by so doing, to benefit their education. One of the main messages in Mr MacFarlane-Barrow’s speech was that measuring success should never just be purely based on statistics, that instead it’s really about helping as many people as possible, across the globe, that are in desperate need of food, to improve their education.

In his speech Mr MacFarlane-Barrow also talked about getting younger people involved, about trying to plant a seed in the minds of young people to encourage them to help organisations, like Mary’s Meals, continue their amazing work. It was a point that particularly resonated with the SVP committee who were then really delighted and honoured to receive a special mention from Magnus for the SVP’s and College’s fundraising efforts.

Sixth Former Erin Dunn-Morgan said, “All the SVP committee agreed this was an inspiring evening that helped to solidify why we fundraise for this incredible charity. We hope to continue the good work for the rest of this academic year and on in to our future as well.”

A link to the SVP committee’s fundraising page, where you can find out more about the work of the charity, is here: