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Hunger Run 2014: Let’s Stop Hunger In Its Tracks

Sunday 19 October at 10:00 am

ROME – Hunger Run 2014 will see thousands of people coming together in Rome to raise awareness and money to help reduce hunger in the world. The event, set for Sunday 19 October at 10 am, comprises a 10 km competitive race and a 5 km fun run/walk, through Rome’s historic centre.

Hunger Run 2014 aims to draw wider attention to the fact that 805 million people suffer from chronic hunger, and to encourage popular action to bring about change.

This year, the money from the registration fees will help provide a daily meal for young students in developing countries under the World Food Programme (WFP)’s School Meals initiative.

Italian actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta will be at the starting line at Viale delle Terme di Caracalla to welcome participants. The Hunger Run Athletes Village at Terme di Caracalla Stadium will feature food from around the world, kids’ areas and information stands from the Hunger Run’s sponsors, partners and organizing agencies.

The yearly event is organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Programme (WFP) and Bioversity International with the technical support of Gruppo Sportivo Bancari Romani and the cooperation of the City of Rome.

This year, new institutional supporters have joined the Hunger Run including the European Union, Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Catholic charity Caritas Internationalis, with the continued support of the Region of Lazio.

Participants will include students from Rome International School, Marymount International School of Rome, St. Stephen’s International School, St George’s British International School and the American Overseas School of Rome.

To register, click on www.hungerrun.it or participants in the non-competitive 5 km run/walk can register on the day of the race from 8:00 am at the Terme di Caracalla Stadium.

More than 4,000 people took part in last year’s event, and money raised helped young people in Sudan learn about livestock production, under an FAO field project.

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A short promotional video featuring actress Cucinotta is available here.

Photographs from this year’s press conference are available here.

For more information please contact:
•    Katia Meloni, FAO, tel. 06 5705 4478, katia.meloni@fao.org
•    Enza Falco, IFAD, tel. 06 5459 2033, e.falco@ifad.org
•    Vichi De Marchi, WFP, tel. 06 6513 2058, vichi.demarchi@wfp.org
•    Olimpia Scalzitti, WFP,  tel. 06 6513 3495, olimpia.scalzitti@wfp.org
•    Nora Capozio, Bioversity International, tel. 06 6118 333, n.capozio@cgiar.org