Celebrate World Porridge Day on October 10th!

Celebrate World Porridge Day on October 10th!

Mary’s Meals is inviting people to celebrate World Porridge Day on Wednesday, 10 October, by supporting its Porridge Smiles campaign!

MasterChef winner Gary Maclean, The National Chef of Scotland, has created his own Porridge Smiles ‘selfie’ – complete with glasses and his distinct red beard – to raise awareness about how young lives in the world’s poorest countries are changed every day with a simple bowl of porridge provided by Mary’s Meals.

Mary’s Meals provides nutritious meals in school to more than 1.3 million impoverished children in 17 countries. For children receiving meals in Malawi, Zambia and Liberia, a simple bowl of likuni phala (vitamin-enriched porridge) attracts them to school and provides the nourishment and energy needed to focus on their education.

Gary, who is also the Senior Chef Lecturer at the City of Glasgow College, said: “I’m delighted to be part of Mary’s Meals’ Porridge Smiles campaign this World Porridge Day. As someone working with food in education, the amazing work of Mary’s Meals is something that really resonates with me.

“I find it scary that in this day and age, there are children going hungry and out of school. By providing a meal in school, Mary’s Meals is bringing children to the classroom where they can gain an education and the skills to live free of poverty.

“Porridge Smiles remind us that a simple meal in school is life changing for a hungry child. They’re great fun to make and I’d love to see lots of Porridge Smiles this World Porridge Day. Let’s make all make a hungry child smile with porridge!”


There are many ways to take part in Mary’s Meals’ Porridge Smiles campaign, supported by official porridge partner Stoats.

Families, friends, classmates and colleagues across the country can come together to host a fundraising porridge party. Porridge Smiles can be shared on social media using #PorridgeSmiles, while donations can be made by texting “OATS18 £2” to 70070 to provide a hungry child with a meal in school for an entire month.

Visit www.worldporridgeday.com to find out more.

Last Updated: 4 October 2018 20:24
Source: Mary's Meals

Latest Local News

Traverse Theatre Announces the Full Programme for Traverse Festival 2019

Traverse Theatre Announces the Full Programme for Traverse Festival 2019

Traverse Theatre announces bold programme for 2019 Festival, celebrating Resilience and Action in the face of Challenge and Oppression.
Last Updated: 17th May 2019
Great Scott! RSNO presents Back to the Future in Concert in Edinburgh and Glasgow

Great Scott! RSNO presents Back to the Future in Concert in Edinburgh and Glasgow

Fans old and new will experience Back to the Future like never before – on the big screen with a full symphony orchestra!
Last Updated: 12th May 2019
Summer Sessions Edinburgh adds Fatherson, The Ninth Wave and more...

Summer Sessions Edinburgh adds Fatherson, The Ninth Wave and more...

DF Concerts today announce exciting additions to a world class festival line up for 2019’s Summer Sessions in Edinburgh.
Last Updated: 9th May 2019
Dash For Kids on Superhero Day

Dash For Kids on Superhero Day

Presenters Gina McKie and Ewen Cameron get ready to take park in Forth 2’s Superhero Day, raising money for Cash for Kids!
Last Updated: 9th May 2019
Camelphat to play elrow Town Edinburgh 2019

Camelphat to play elrow Town Edinburgh 2019

With anticipation building for its debut in the north of the UK, CamelPhat are unveiled as first act for elrow Town Edinburgh on Saturday 27th July 2019.
Last Updated: 8th May 2019
Needle & Thread launches in Scotland at Harvey Nichols

Needle & Thread launches in Scotland at Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols Edinburgh is delighted to be launching acclaimed British designer Hannah Coffin’s luxury womenswear brand, Needle & Thread.
Last Updated: 3rd May 2019
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is back!

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is back!

Jeremy Clarkson is hosting another exciting series of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? and ITV are looking for contestants who can make it all the way to £1Million!
Last Updated: 2nd May 2019
Thousands turn out to enjoy feast of fun at Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2019

Thousands turn out to enjoy feast of fun at Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2019

More than 16,000 people turned out to enjoy a two-day feast of delicious street food and live entertainment at this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival!
Last Updated: 28th April 2019
Family business scoops top award!

Family business scoops top award!

A family-run business has become Ayrshire's first ever Five Star Tourist Shop following a grading from VisitScotland!
Last Updated: 26th April 2019
Race for Culzean

Race for Culzean

Fun-seekers are being invited to put their limits to the test at the Culzean Challenge, and to explore one of Scotland's heritage treasures as the same time!
Last Updated: 25th April 2019
Business Heats Up For Edinburgh Hot Sauce Brand

Business Heats Up For Edinburgh Hot Sauce Brand

From 26th April, Bonnie Sauce will be available at Sainsbury’s with their delicious flavours including; Mango & Habanero, Smoky Chipotle and Fiery Scotch Bonnet.
Last Updated: 25th April 2019
Fiesta Fun at Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh

Fiesta Fun at Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh

Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh kicks off its Cinco De Mayo Fiesta with Spirited Menu headlined by refreshing Margaritas.
Last Updated: 24th April 2019
The Edinburgh and East Coast Cook Book launches

The Edinburgh and East Coast Cook Book launches

The latest addition to our ‘Get Stuck In’ series shines a light on the exciting culinary landscape of Edinburgh and the east coast of Scotland.
Last Updated: 24th April 2019
Theatre show on the hunt for audiences!

Theatre show on the hunt for audiences!

Do you run a group for young children? Would you like a free theatre show to come visit you? Then book Calvinball today! It's a show - it's in the fresh air - it's fun - and it's freeeee!
Last Updated: 24th April 2019
Paisley set to host its biggest and best Food and Drink Festival this weekend

Paisley set to host its biggest and best Food and Drink Festival this weekend

Foodies have been urged not to miss this weekend’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival as the town gets set to host its biggest and best culinary extravaganza yet!
Last Updated: 24th April 2019
Legendary hostel offers the perfect base for exploring the Clyde Valley

Legendary hostel offers the perfect base for exploring the Clyde Valley

Located in the heart of New Lanark World Heritage Site, the 'Wee Row' provides a unique hostel experience like no other!
Last Updated: 18th April 2019
What Girls Are Made Of returns to Edinburgh Festival Fringe to Rock an even Bigger Venue

What Girls Are Made Of returns to Edinburgh Festival Fringe to Rock an even Bigger Venue

Raw Material and Traverse Theatre Company co-production 'What Girls Are Made Of' busts out of Traverse 1 into the bigger Festival space of the Assembly Hall.
Last Updated: 18th April 2019
Leading Conservation Charity reopens the doors of the 5 star visitor experience

Leading Conservation Charity reopens the doors of the 5 star visitor experience

The Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick, has now opened for the spring season following the completion of the first stage of their refurbishment.
Last Updated: 17th April 2019
Trix the T. rex is ready for her big Glasgow reveal

Trix the T. rex is ready for her big Glasgow reveal

Trix the Tyrannosaurus rex is all ready to meet Scottish and UK audiences at Kelvin Hall in Glasgow!
Last Updated: 17th April 2019
Top pipers on way to Paisley for British championships

Top pipers on way to Paisley for British championships

Thousands of the world’s top pipers and drummers will again descend on Paisley for one of the biggest dates in the global piping calendar!
Last Updated: 17th April 2019
Edinburgh International Book Festival Presents Citizen at North Edinburgh Arts

Edinburgh International Book Festival Presents Citizen at North Edinburgh Arts

Edinburgh International Book Festival today announced two days of activity in May as part of their Citizen programme.
Last Updated: 15th April 2019
Trix the T. rex arrives in Glasgow

Trix the T. rex arrives in Glasgow

For 15 weeks from Thursday 18th April, Glasgow's Kelvin Hall will host the world's only real touring Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton!
Last Updated: 13th April 2019
Dippy on Tour surpasses one million visitors milestone!

Dippy on Tour surpasses one million visitors milestone!

Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure has been visited by more than one million people, breaking records at every venue visited so far!
Last Updated: 10th April 2019
Enjoy a staycation with Macdonald Hotels & Resorts this summer

Enjoy a staycation with Macdonald Hotels & Resorts this summer

With heatwaves and Brexit on the horizon, a 'staycation' has never been more popular, research shows more than half of Brits are expected to ditch overseas travel in favour of a Great British break!
Last Updated: 10th April 2019
Scottish festivals bring biggest artists in the World to Glasgow and Edinburgh this Summer

Scottish festivals bring biggest artists in the World to Glasgow and Edinburgh this Summer

Don't miss artists such as Stormzy, Catfish and the Bottlemen, George Ezra, Gerry Cinnamon, Snow Patrol, The Cure, CHVRCHES, Courteeners and more in Glasgow and Edinburgh this Summer!
Last Updated: 10th April 2019
VIBES Awards urge Edinburgh businesses to become sustainable leaders and boost growth

VIBES Awards urge Edinburgh businesses to become sustainable leaders and boost growth

Businesses in Edinburgh are being encouraged to become world leaders in sustainability and embrace the economic opportunities that environmental changes can bring.
Last Updated: 9th April 2019
Fun on the menu for kids at Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2019

Fun on the menu for kids at Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2019

There’s plenty of fun on the menu for kids at this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival with a range of hands-on foodie experiences and amazing live entertainment.
Last Updated: 3rd April 2019
Floral phone box on Castle Street heralds first variant from the Cabinet of Curiosities at the Hendricks Gin Palace.

Floral phone box on Castle Street heralds first variant from the Cabinet of Curiosities at the Hendricks Gin Palace.

Hendrick's Gin casts enchantment over Edinburgh bygone icon of connection as it launches deeply floral, limited-edition Hendrick's ‘Midsummer Solstice Gin’.
Last Updated: 28th March 2019
Run Scotland on The Ultra Tour of Arran

Run Scotland on The Ultra Tour of Arran

Rat Race Adventure Sports will again stage the audacious 100km off-road running challenge on the Isle of Arran, Scotland in miniature, on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April!
Last Updated: 25th March 2019
Award winning Gin71 bar to offer perfect serve for visitors to Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2019

Award winning Gin71 bar to offer perfect serve for visitors to Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2019

The award-winning Gin71 bar is coming to the Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2019 to give visitors the chance to enjoy a perfect serve of top artisan gins.
Last Updated: 24th March 2019

Sponsored Links

Popular Events

The Meadows Festival
Edinburgh's free volunteer-run music & community Meadows Festival returns on the 1st and 2nd June 2019.
Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival
The Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival returns on 24th and 25th May with a world class line-up of breweries, headline music acts and Scotland’s finest street food.
Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail Edinburgh
Oor Wullie's BIG Bucket trail will be taking to the streets of Edinburgh this summer with life-size, individually decorated Oor Wullie sculptures waiting to be discovered, for everyone to enjoy!
Lost At Sea
Lost at Sea journeys through a labyrinth of myth and memory in a lyrical and powerfully evocative story of a North-East fishing family.
Photography Open Exhibition
Work from a diverse range of photographers will be on display at this free photography exhibition at Gallery Close from 15th May.

Advertise With Us

Advertise With Us

Looking to reach new customers? We offer a variety of advertising options with prices starting from just £30 per month!

Click here to find out more »