9 October 2015

Porridge the donkey backs World Porridge Day

World Porridge Day is a global initiative to raise awareness about the efforts to aid starving children in some of the world’s poorest communities gain an education.

This Saturday Brooke will be promoting World Porridge Day along with Porridge - a 37-year old donkey who resides in Aberdeen with the Brooke Community Champion Group and who has been helping raise funds for working donkeys, horses and the communities which depend on them since 1978.

World Porridge Day is originally linked to Scottish based charity Mary’s Meals which aims to provide porridge to children in Malawi as an incentive for children to attend school, as it will often be the only meal they receive that day.

The Brooke also works across Africa, not only to help improve the lives of working donkeys and horses, but also the families and communities that depend on them. Working equines in this region have multiple functions, including allowing families to earn to feed themselves and enrol their children in schools.

The Brooke want people to unite on World Porridge Day and to spread the word about the impact working donkeys and horses have on communities around the world, as well as providing a source of income for food and education.

“We’re so pleased to be celebrating World Porridge Day with our own real life Porridge! Having Porridge as part of the Aberdeen Brooke Champion Group has helped us raise over £130,000 in the past 20 years for his fellow donkeys overseas. We want to continue our mission to help animals all over the world and we are currently on the lookout for new members to join Porridge’s Champion Group!”

Wendy Sim, Aberdeen Brooke Champion Group member