Southampton Football Club played host to a special Generation Hope event in support of the club’s international charity partner Mary’s Meals on Wednesday night.
Guests were treated to a world premiere of Generation Hope – a new film that showcases the incredible work carried out by Mary’s Meals around the world.
2012 MasterChef winner Shelina Permalloo took guests on a trip around the globe with a wide-ranging food menu that included dishes from all of the countries in which Mary’s Meals works.
There was also an auction on the night, with the money raised allowing 549 more schoolchildren to be fed for a whole year, while a trivia quiz also presented guests with the opportunity to learn more about Mary’s Meals and Saints Foundation.
Club owner Katharina Liebherr, chairman Ralph Krueger and Mary’s Meals founder Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow were all in attendance at the special event, along with first-team players Kelvin Davis, José Fonte and Victor Wanyama.
Krueger announced on the night that the club was to partner with Kidiwa Primary School in Kenya, in co-ordination with Mary’s Meals, to ensure every child at the school receives a nutritious meal on a daily basis.
Speaking about the club’s generosity, MacFarlane-Barrow said: “It has been a fantastic evening and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s amazing to see the support of so many good people involved with Southampton Football Club.
“Showing the Generation Hope film was really special. It has been something we’ve been working on for a long time. It obviously moved a lot of people and helped people understand what Mary’s Meals is all about.”
Saints chairman Krueger added: “It’s a beautiful project. 93 per cent of what we raised here will be going straight to the children, which is a huge compliment to Mary’s Meals. Overall, it has been a wonderful evening.
“It was such a powerful film because it goes right into the heart of what Mary’s Meals does. It shows examples of the difference they have made to the lives of individuals all over the world.
“We are now specifically focusing on a school in Kenya, which is the home of Victor Wanyama. We will be supporting a school of 1,400 students, who will be fed because of the generosity of the club’s supporters.”
A donation of just £12.20 can help feed a child for a whole school year. Click here to show your support for Mary’s Meals.