For the third consecutive year, the London School of Economics has energized its campus and raised funds for WFP during World Food Week.
From the 10-14 October, the LSE SU United Nations Society collected donations from the school community for the ongoing efforts of the UN World Food Programme (WFP). The Society traditionally collects money for a week leading up to World Food Day, which is celebrated every year on the 16 October.
World Food Day commemorates the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization in 1945. It has become an occasion to celebrate the work of various aid organisations like the WFP and to draw attention to the enduring problems of food security faced by many countries.
The Nobel Peace laureate Norman Borlaug once said that “without food … all other components of social justice are meaningless.” The 16 of October perhaps serves as a potent reminder to those of us at LSE that, despite our tenacious and often very successful attempts at understanding the causes of things, the very basic problem of hunger continues to persist in many parts of our world.
Amongst its many admirable objectives, World Food Day seeks to heighten public awareness of the problem of hunger in the world and to strengthen international and national solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty.
Last week, armed with blue caps, white shirts and red collection mugs, ardent volunteers from the Society helped us raise £643.56 for the WFP. Despite the hectic schedules many students face this time of term, we had enthusiastic volunteers brave the insalubrious weather for every hour and day that the stall was set up.
I would like to convey my sincere appreciation to those of you who helped us collect and to those of you who gave to the campaign. I would especially like to thank the few of you within our student community who gave us substantial £5 and £10 donations. Your support for our campaign has gone a long way towards feeding the hungry and injecting optimism into the work of the WFP. You have also reminded us that there is still a vibrant social conscience within our School.
I would also like to appeal to students from around the world to organise similar campaigns at their universities. Regardless of where you are, asking for money is never an easy undertaking. But with a good group and the right attitude, the whole experience can also be enormously fun. I found that it was a great way to meet new people, with whom you can share those humbling coin-clunking experiences. You will certainly find yourself appreciating spare change like you may have never before. And as I mentioned above, despite the vast number of people who choose to ignore you, you will find there are those special few who really do care. I derived a lot of my inspiration while canvassing from the feeling that I really owed it to them.
Written by Aneesh Acharya, LSE Events Team, United Nations Society