Letters – week 26

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Remember Mary’s Meals in your will

Today, more than 64 million primary school-age children miss out on an education around the world because of poverty.

Leaving a gift in your will, no matter how small, is a generous way you can help us bring hope to those desperately hungry children who often need to work or beg for food to survive.

With the promise of a daily meal in a place of education, Mary’s Meals is attracting hungry children into the classroom giving them the energy to learn how to read and write.

For children like 13-year-old Ballah from Liberia – who used to skip school – Mary’s Meals fills his stomach and is allowing him to gain a precious education so he can follow his dreams of becoming a doctor.

‘Food is important,’ he says. ‘Most days, I don’t eat breakfast and I feel so hungry I can barely study. After eating Mary’s Meals, I feel active.

‘When I qualify as a doctor, I’d like to stay in Liberia and teach others how to do the same.’

With a gift in your will, you can help us keep our promise to more than 2.2 million children in some of the world’s poorest communities who rely on our nutritious meals and will be giving children like Ballah the chance of a brighter future.

If you would like more information about leaving a gift in your will, please visit www.marysmeals.org.uk/will

Lori Cobley, partnership manager at Mary’s Meals.

Council administration

In response to ‘New councillor sheds light on Highland Council workings’ in last week’s Lochaber Times, we would like to clarify the new Highland Council administration is a coalition between SNP and Independent councillors.

The Greens are not part of the administration.

We would also like to draw attention to Scotland’s National Transport Strategy, which prioritises walking, cycling, public transport and sharing in preference to single occupancy car use. It also promotes targeted investment in infrastructure that encourages low carbon transport options and multi-modal journeys. As Green councillors, we support Scotland’s sustainable transport strategy.

We also understand the transport issues in Fort William and the wider Lochaber area and that reducing traffic congestion on the A82 through Fort William will require innovative thinking and investment in infrastructure across all transport modes.

We do not oppose the re-alignment of the A82 in Fort William and, should it proceed, we argue that all transport options need to be improved, including the off-road active travel network, and rail and bus infrastructure and services.

Providing viable alternatives to the private car will reduce traffic congestion and carbon emissions, improve air quality, health and wellbeing and make Fort William and Lochaber a safer, healthier and more affordable place to live and visit.

Lochaber Green councillors Kate Willis and Andrew Baldrey.