Coming to Cove Book Festival at 12 noon on Sunday 26th is Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, chief executive and founder of Mary’s Meals.
In the 1990's, MacFarlane-Barrow watched the human cost of the Balkan conflict with his brother and together they determined to do what they could to ease the suffering. Together they amassed emergency supplies which they drove there in a number of convoys. With them was a nurse whom he subsequently married and with whom he is raising a six strong family in Argyll.
But it was a chance encounter in Malawi which was to alter the course of the couple’s lives. When he talked to a youngster whose mother was dying of HIV/AIDS he learned that the lack of food had a direct impact on the lack of education.
His response became MARY’S MEALS, a unique charity which now provides a daily meal to over one and a quarter million children in 16 different countries including recent additions like war torn Syria. The meals are always supplied within the school setting, at once giving them energy to learn and the opportunity to do so.
Magnus will be talking about his work, and his book, with Rosemary Burnett the former director of Amnesty International in Scotland.
You can book here and also see other Sunday events in the Book Festival.