The participants were walking in this annual event to raise money and awareness for WFP's efforts to fight child hunger and malnutrition.Copyright: Marieke van der Heijden
Take a step towards ending hunger with thousands of school children in Mulanje District on 6 June at 8am.
Blantyre, Malawi (28 May 2010) – Thousands of people around the globe are preparing to join the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and its major corporate partners, TNT, Unilever and DSM, in a walk to raise awareness and money to feed hungry school children in some of the poorest countries in the world on Sunday, 6 June.
Walk the World takes place in 24 hours across all 24 time zones of the globe, beginning in Australia and ending in Samoa. Thousands of people will take to the streets in locations from the Philippines to Malawi, Portugal to the Netherlands. For the first time this year, a walk is also taking place in Iraq.
Hunger and malnutrition are the biggest threats to global health worldwide - every six seconds a child dies because of hunger and related causes. WFP and its partners are passionate about taking action on this important issue and believe that everyone can help by joining Walk the World in Malawi to take a first step towards ending hunger.
WHERE: Mulanje District – Nkonya to Mulanje Park (main walk); 8 smaller walks around the 11 zones
WHEN: 6 June at 8am
DISTANCE: 5 kilometres
This year Walk the World Malawi will be celebrated in Mulanje District with 20,000 expected participants, including school children and their families, district education officials, the private sector, NGOs, and WFP and TNT staff. In addition, the coach and key players of the Malawi National Football Team will also join the walk in Mulanje.
Join Walk the World in Mulanje today – together we can end hunger.
It costs WFP just 20 Euro cents to provide a nutritious meal to a child at school. School feeding programmes also give parents an extra incentive to keep their children in school, and help to lay a healthy foundation for a better future for the young.
If you can’t join the walk in person, you can still get involved at wfp.org/walktheworld with photos, videos and donations.
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 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.