Wednesday, 26 May 2010

walk the world and end hunger

My friend Diane Shugart invited me on Facebook to join the Walk the World initiative on June 6th. I didn't really know much about this annual event, organised by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in cooperation with its global partners TNT, Unilever and DSM.
I found out that last year alone 360,000 people walked in 210 locations around the world, raising enough money through their donations to provide school meals for one year to more than 20 thousand children in the world's poorest countries.
Since its inception in 2003, Walk the World has grown to become a global event, bringing together over 2 million participants and raising millions of US dollars to feed poor children in school.

There are 1.02 billion undernourished people in the world today. That means one in nearly six people do not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life. Hunger and malnutrition are in fact the number one risk to the health worldwide — greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.

In places like Athens, where as Diane points out on the Facebook page of the event, with no walk 
currently set up and no time to organise one, it is possible to join the Virtual Walk, donate online and upload your photo on the event's wall (
So, on June 6th I will make sure that after I run my scheduled kilometres for the day, I will then cool down by virtually walking on this website to support the fight against hunger!

To access the Walk the World website, you can click on the following link:
Walk the World on June 6th!

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