Volunteer spotlight

All our volunteers make valuable contributions to our work around the world. Here are some of their stories.

Volunteer driver - Padraig Keogh

Padraig is originally from County Dublin and now lives in County Mayo. He was born with spina bifida and uses a wheelchair to get around, but that doesn’t stop him giving much of his free time to Mary’s Meals as a volunteer driver.

Padraig isn’t a stranger to fundraising either. Most recently, he took on a tandem skydive at the Irish Parachute Club and raised enough to provide more than 100 children with Mary’s Meals for a year.

Rose, volunteer cook in Malawi

Rose Kadabwa is a Malawian single mother of five, who was forced to bring up her family alone after her husband left them. There were days they would go without a meal.

But life changed significantly for the family when Mary’s Meals came along. Rose now volunteers at the Khola school just outside of Malawi’s commercial capital Blantyre.

She gets up every morning at 5am to make the school meals and helps to serve over 1,016 children who attend the primary school.

The promise of a hot school meal each day means Rose can send her children to school knowing they’ll be fed and that they will receive an education at the same time.

Rose explains: “I’m so happy to be a volunteer, to know my children are coming to school and getting fed.

“I will remain a volunteer forever,” she laughs. “Even when my children have left school I will stay.”

There are more than 80,000 volunteer cooks supporting our school feeding programme in Malawi alone. Their endless love and support is helping to educate Malawi’s next generation and provide them with a ladder out of poverty.

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