On June 6th 2010 an estimated 150,000 of people took to the streets in 70 countries around the world to show their support for the work of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in the fight against global hunger. The 2010 edition of the annual ‘End Hunger: Walk the World’ initiative raised enough money to provide a whole year of meals for more than 10,000 school children.
See photo stream from walks all over the world here!
"End Hunger: Walk the World" is an annual event to raise money and awareness for WFP’s efforts to fight child hunger and malnutrition. The Walk is a joint effort of WFP and its corporate partners, led by TNT, Unilever and DSM. Employees from these companies walk with WFP Goodwill Ambassadors, staff, and beneficiaries as well as government and NGO partners to show their solidarity in the fight against hunger and malnutrition.
TNT is a global mail and express delivery company serving more than 200 countries. Since 2002, they have been an active partner of WFP and to date have invested over $50 million in the partnership. TNT founded Walk the World in 2003 as an engagement event for its employees.
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of fast-moving consumer goods with strong local roots in more than 100 countries across the globe. Unilever joined forces with WFP in January 2007 for a three-year partnership to improve the nutrition and health of poor, school-aged children around the world.
DSM is a life sciences and materials sciences company. In April 2007, DSM and WFP joined forces to ensure the nutritional needs of WFP beneficiaries are met through the creation of cost-effective micronutrient interventions to improve the general food basket.
The idea of a global Walk against hunger came from WFP’s first corporate partner, TNT, in 2003. It was inspired by the millions of poor children around the world who walk several kilometres to school every day – often hungry and barefoot – determined to get an education and improve their future.
WFP provides free school meals to tens of millions of these children. Nutritious food helps students concentrate on their studies, encourages parents to send children – especially girls – to school, and helps children develop their full physical and mental potential. Find out more about WFP’s school meal programmes.
Since its inception in 2003, Walk the World has grown to become a global event, bringing together over 2 million participants and and raising millions to feed poor children in school.
Find out more about past walks at: www.movingtheworld.org.