Bags of learning for deprived children

Christine Foy- with mountain of backpacks for Mary Meals charity
Christine Foy- with mountain of backpacks for Mary Meals charity

The charitable efforts of a Glenrothes woman are set to help more than 70 deprived children, reports NEIL HENDERSON.

Christine Foy, from South Parks, has made up children’s backpacks containing a range of school equipment, toys and clothing. They will now be sent to children in deprived countries Kenya, Romania and famine stricken Somalia.

Her efforts are on behalf of the Scottish charity Mary’s Meals which currently runs feeding projects to communities where poverty and hunger prevents children from getting and getting a basic education.

The charity that started in 2002 donates to 15 countries around the world and has already provided help for around 500 thousand children.

Christine explained her work: “As children were getting ready for the new school term I put out an appeal for kids to donate their old school bags and packpacks as a form of recycling.

“I’ve then filled the bags with a number of essential school items such as pencils, pens and an exercise book. I’ve also added soap, a toy and an item of clothing.”

“These are things that we take for granted but are absolutely vital to children in deprived areas and will help give them the start they desperately need.”

The charity has amassed over 6,000 backpacks in this current appeal, which will now be processed in Glasgow before being sent to children around the world.

Alan Rogers, a fellow volunteer from the Glasgow depot explained: “We have brought together the donations from around the UK and will now put these in secure transit before they are forwarded on to the countries most in need.

“The process takes about four to six weeks.”

Christine is always looking to accept donations such as unwanted school bags, school equipment and other essential items as part of this ongoing effort and is urging people to contact her with anything suitable.