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Tens of thousands of people made a show of solidarity for the hungry poor on Sunday, participating in a global walk to raise funds and awareness for WFP’s school feeding programmes. End Hunger: Walk the World events were held in 70 countries.
ROME -- This year's walk began in Australia early on Sunday morning and continued throughout all 24 time zones to end on the Pacific island of Samoa.
Now in its seventh year, the Walk the World event was sponsored by three of WFP’s global private sector partners: express delivery company TNT, consumer goods company Unilever, and nutrition and life-science specialists DSM.
The largest walk took place in Tanzania, where early estimates showed that about 50,000 people turned up to walk in four locations. The largest walk was in Arusha, and was led by Tanzania’s Prime Minister, Mizengo Kayanza Peter Pinda. The walk featured dancing and singing by school children, as well as an auction of four cows to raise funds for WFP’s school feeding programmes in the country.
Incentive to attend school
WFP is currently providing school meals to over 202,000 school children at 330 schools in food insecure areas in four regions of Tanzania. This programme has proved to be a strong incentive for children to enrol, attend and concentrate in schools.
On the other side of the globe in Denmark, where 1,200 people walked in a handful of locations, walkers in Copenhagen were getting their own taste of Tanzania when celebrity chef Nicolaij Kirk cooked a rice-and-beans dish inspired by the meals WFP distributes to Tanzanian schoolchildren.
"Raised the stakes"
In Zambia, where 1,000 people walked in Lusaka, WFP’s Country Director Pablo Recalde said: “Walk the World has raised the stakes for the fight against hunger in Zambia. It’s a great example of the government, the private sector and the UN system delivering as one, ready to work together to achieve the goal of a world free from hunger.”