School Dinners Blogger And Fund-Raiser Martha Payne To Open Kids' Kitchen In Malawi

30/07/2012 12:29 | Updated 22 May 2015
School dinners blogger Martha heading to Malawi to open kids'

Martha Payne, the nine-year-old school dinners blogger, is to fly to Malawi to help finish the kids' kitchen she has help to build through fund-raising.

Via her blog, Never Seconds, the schoolgirl accrued a staggering £112,000 for Mary's Meals, a Scottish charity which provides food for African children.

She will now visit the new cooking shelter at Lirwange Primary School in Malawi and hang a sign declaring it the 'Friends Of Never Seconds'.

Martha, who is from Lochgilphead, Argyll, hit the headlines and became a worldwide internet sensation last month when her blog went viral after school officials told her she must stop posting reports and pics of her school dinners.

Over seven million readers then visited the site and donated money to Mary's Meals, which has enabled the charity to provide a new kitchen for the school in Blantyre, Malawi, and feed the children their for a year.

The amazing youngster said she couldn't wait to go and see the finished project when she and her family travel to Malawi in September.

"I am so excited about going to Malawi and seeing the kitchen," she said, "It will be lovely to meet the children and I'm going to keep a diary about my time there. I want to show everyone what life is like for kids in Malawi so more people will donate to Mary's Meals."

Martha added that her gran and grandad had been volunteering for the charity for years, which made her decide to help them through her blog.

"We thought because my blog was about food, we could raise money for them. I could not believe it when donations came in from around the world."

Martha revealed that her target had initially been £7,000 - which she thought 'was a lot'.

"Now we've raised more than £112,000," the proud youngster said, "It costs just 6p to feed a child in Africa for a day and only £10.70 for a year so even the little donations from children made a difference."

She added that she wanted the new kitchen to be named after 'all the supporters' of her blog, and not just her

"That's why it is called Friends Of Never Seconds – as a thank you to everyone," she said, "When I get out there, I will be putting up the sign. It's all so exciting."

She is SUCH an inspiration, isn't she?

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