RESIDENTS of Dorset are being encouraged to throwing a Porridge Party by in aid of Mary’s Meals to mark World Porridge Day on Thursday, October 10.

The charity, which feeds more than 1.5 million children around the world every school day, is asking locals in Dorset to get together with friends, family, colleagues or schoolmates during the month of October to enjoy a bowl of porridge and raise funds to support its life-changing work.

UK Director of Fundraising and Communications at Mary’s Meals Karen Gray said: “We celebrate World Porridge Day because it is a mug of hot likuni phala, a vitamin enriched maize porridge, that Mary’s Meals serves to thousands of children every school day in countries including Malawi, Zambia and Liberia.

“I hope that people in Dorset throw their own Porridge Parties this October and help us to reach even more hungry children around the world.”

Mary’s Meals sets up school feeding programmes in some of the world’s poorest countries. The food attracts children into the classroom, where they receive an education that can, in the future, be their ladder out of poverty.

Felicitas, aged nine, is just one of the pupils at Ulisa Primary School, Malawi, who enjoys Mary’s Meals porridge. The nutritious meal sets her up for the day ahead, helping her to focus on her studies.

Mary’s Meals has also published Perfect Porridge recipes from some of its favourite celebrities and chefs. Joanna Lumley, Melissa Hemsley and Gary Maclean, winner of Masterchef: The Professionals, have all taken part.

Gary Maclean said: “A simple bowl of porridge can help chronically hungry children get an education and lift themselves out of poverty. I work in a college and am passionate about helping young people realise their potential, so the work of Mary’s Meals is very close to my heart.”

To find out more about World Porridge Day, please visit worldporridgeday.com.