Youghal’s Tara: 1.5 million reasons to jump from 13,000ft!


Youghal woman, Tara Murphy, jumped from 13,000 ft to raise funds for global school feeding charity Mary’s Meals. By deciding to take on the exhilarating challenge of a skydive, Tara managed to raise enough money to feed more than 38 children every school day for the next year.

The Trinity College student has been involved with the charity for the past year and undertook the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon in June. As a ‘no-frills’ charity that doesn’t pay for advertising, Tara thought a skydive would be the perfect way to raise awareness of their work and to show how much the charity means to her.

“I first heard about Mary’s Meals when I saw their two films: Child 31 and Generation Hope, which show how a simple meal in school transforms lives. I was amazed at the work they do and immediately wanted to get involved”, said Tara.

Mary’s Meals provides life changing meals to impoverished children in some of the poorest communities in the world. It is now feeding an amazing 1,504,471 children every day in 18 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Thanks to the incredible generosity of supporters from Ireland and worldwide, the number of hungry children receiving Mary’s Meals daily at school has risen by more than 5% (an additional 79,458 children) since January 2019.

Mary’s Meals works in partnership with thousands of local volunteers to provide the meals. The promise of a nutritious meal encourages children – who may otherwise be forced to work, beg or scavenge for food – to come to school and gain an education that can provide an escape route from poverty.

Read more inside the latest issue of Youghal News.