A Message from Paul Tergat...

Published on 01 June 2009

Paul Tergat in the 2003 Berlin marathon, which he won, setting a new world record of 2:04:55.

(Courtesy of: Brian Myers/Photo Run)

Hi, this is Paul Tergat, Kenyan Marathon Champion and Ambassador  Against Hunger for World Food Programme. I just wanted to write a quick post to say how much I support the WFP's initiative in creating a website for students and teachers. The problem of global hunger is one which is all too often ignored, yet it is a problem which can be solved - and young people will be the ones to solve it!

By learning about the issues and taking action, we can make a difference. And it's not just about money - we need to raise awareness, and through our actions, make the world sit up and take notice! 59 million schoolchildren go to school hungry , yet it costs just 25 cents per day  to make sure that a child receives a nourishing meal at school. I know what a difference School Feeding makes - WFP began a school feeding programme in my village when I was eight years old, and  thanks to them I can look back and be proud of what I have been able to achieve both as an athlete and as a human being.

Each of us we have a potential that needs to be unlocked and without proper food kids cannot pursue their dreams.

So - use the site, learn about the issues, but above all - spread the word and get involved! The world's hungry need your help.

Paul Tergat.

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