The Wailers outside the Toyota pitstop at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
(Copyright: WFP/Abeer Etefa)
The Wailers, formerly Bob Marley's backing band, called on Formula 1 fans at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to help WFP feed millions of hungry school children around the world.
by Abeer Etefa
ABU DHABI – A cup of nutritious porridge can take a child a long way, said Wailer's vocalist Elan Atias at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as he took part in an awareness-raising event for WFP's 'Fill the Cup' campaign to feed children in schools all over the developing world.
Standing alongside Toyota team drivers Jarno Trulli and Kamui Kobayashi in the paddock at the Yas Island circuit, all of the Wailers called on Formula 1 fans to help WFP fill the cup.
"It takes only a few cents or dirhams (UAE currency) to fill this cup but this can take a child a long way," they said.
A billion people
"Let us not forget that one billion people around the world will sleep hungry tonight," Elan later told the crowds that lined up for the Wailers' evening concert in the Corniche area of Abu Dhabi.
Since the start of the 2009 Grand Prix season, WFP's Fill the Cup logo, featuring the distinctive red cup, has been prominently displayed on the nose fins of the cars driven by the Toyota team thanks to a partnership between WFP, the Saudi auto distribution company ALJ and the Panasonic Toyota team.