World Porridge Day Fundraiser For Mary’s Meals
Princethorpe College pupils and staff marked World Porridge Day on Wednesday 6 October by raising money for the Scottish charity Mary’s Meals. Championed by our Sixth Formers and Assistant Head of Sixth Form, Rod Isaacs, pupils participated in a posse of Scottish and porridge fundraising fun.
At break time pupils were invited to dig deep and purchase a traditional Scottish breakfast, a pot of porridge, with a selection of luxurious toppings. Queues quickly formed for the steaming pots lined up along the counter in the Refectory.
The Scottish theme continued out in the grounds where only the brave participated in the annual William Wallace Welly Wanging Challenge. Organised by year group, there were plenty of contenders lined up ready to enthusiastically fling, hurl, chuck and toss the wellies across the fields.
A new school record was set with two pupils tying with matching throws of 34.10m each, congratulations to Upper Sixth, Charlie Crean, and to Year 10, Freddie Roberts, both of Benet House. Just behind them was Ed Sharpe with a throw of 33.5m for More. Lower Sixth, Molly Wincott-Thomas, also for More, threw her welly 23.3m to claim the longest throw for the girls.
Rod Isaacs explains, "Princethorpe College has raised over £110,000 for Mary's Meals in the last 14 years through epic sponsored walks, welly-wanging and cake sales. Last year alone we raised over £10,000 and we are committed to continuing our fundraising for the forthcoming year."
He continued, “We had a lot of fun and laughter on the day. Many thanks to all the Sixth Formers and staff who helped to organise the events. We have raised £293.55 so far and still have the porridge sales money to come, all will contribute towards the College’s ongoing feeding programme at Makalanga School.”
World Porridge Day is a fundraising event organised by Mary’s Meals in aid of starving children in the developing world. The charity provides daily meals in a place of learning addressing both the immediate needs of hungry children whilst encouraging them to go to school where they can gain an education that can help them out of poverty. Through their school feeding programmes in countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean they feed over 2 million children every year. It costs just £15.90 to feed a child for a whole year.
You can find out more about Princethorpe’s fundraising for Mary's Meals or make a donation here.