Ramelton woman Patricia Shannon has been appointed to a major new role with Mary’s Meals Ireland.

Ensuring 1,667,067 hungry and impoverished children get daily meals is no easy feat, but as the newly-appointed Executive Director of Mary’s Meals Ireland, Patricia has embraced the hugely rewarding position with open arms.

Patricia, who resides in Cavan, was back in her home county this week to meet with Donegal members of Mary’s Meals groups. Patricia delivered presentations on her work in Zambia and her new role in the development of the charity in Ireland.

Noreen Collins presenting flowers to Patricia Shannon on behalf of Mary’s Meals Letterkenny

Patricia’s leadership role will involve supporting strategy, communication, finance, fundraising and strengthening the Board of Mary’s Meals Ireland.

Mary’s Meals currently provides children across four continents with a daily school meal. The charity recently added an additional 160,000 children to bring their feeding figure to 1,667,067.

In Letterkenny, Patricia’s presentation was described as a “moving and encouraging talk”.

Mary’s Meals presentation with Patricia Shannon in Letterkenny, Tuesday 10th March 2020

Mary’s Meals Letterkenny member Veronica Molloy said: “We are so pleased that a Donegal woman is now the head of Mary’s Meals Ireland and we are sure that she will do a fantastic job in raising the profile of the Mary’s Meals Charity in this county and throughout Ireland.

“The presentation on the Zambia trip (at their own expense) by members of Mary’s Meals was very moving and encouraging.

“We were able to see and listen to exact detail of how the meals and are prepared and served, how well the charity monitors the supply of food to the schools, the big difference it is making to the children’ lives and their community.

“Mary’s Meals are excellent stewards of the money donated by our supporters. Not one penny is wasted and Patricia expressed her thanks to the very generous people of Donegal who have supported Mary’s Meals over the last 10 years or so.”

Mary’s Meals presentation with Patricia Shannon in Letterkenny, Tuesday 10th March 2020

Patricia was also welcomed to a meeting with the Finn Valley Mary’s Meals group in Stranorlar on Wednesday night.