Former Scottish Rugby captain Rob Wainwright is setting off on a mammoth cycle to give hungry children hope for a better future by raising money for Mary’s Meals.
The ex-rugby star turned farmer has persuaded eight friends to join him on the hilly highland ride, which will see them cover 811 miles and 54,209 feet of ascent in just nine days. Bruichladdich are delighted to have been able to provide sponsorship for the ride.
The team has already raised over £8,000 for Mary’s Meals, a Scottish-based charity that helps to break the cycle of poverty by setting up school feeding programmes in some of the world’s poorest countries.
The charity, which provides a daily meal in school to attract hungry children to the classroom and improve their chances of a brighter future, currently reaches 894,288 children every school day.
The challenging ride has been nicknamed ‘North of the Fault’ after the Great Glen fault line, which runs down by Loch Ness. Rob said: “During the long winters on Coll we spend many an evening scheming about the exciting things we are definitely going to do in summer. Alas, few of our dreams ever make it past planning, but finally we had an idea that has come to fruition!
“We wanted a meaningful charitable element to such a demanding project, and the simple genius of Mary’s Meals was a no brainer, particularly since it started locally and is on our route.
“The generous reaction we’ve had to our fundraising target has been great, with support flooding in from both friends and businesses, including our main sponsor, Alliance Trust. Clearly we are not alone in thinking Mary’s Meals feeding hungry children in school is a great idea.”
It costs Mary’s Meals an average £12.20 to feed a child for a whole school year so Rob and his team are hoping to make a huge difference to some of the world’s poorest communities. Their fundraising target is set at £20,000—enough to allow Mary’s Meals to offer over 1,600 children a better future through food and education.
Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, founder and CEO of Mary’s Meals, said: “I often feel humbled at the different ways people find to help Mary’s Meals reach out to the world’s poorest children and this is certainly no exception.
“There is immense physical effort involved in a challenge like this and we’re incredibly grateful to Rob and his team for helping to raise awareness and vital funds for Mary’s Meals.