Drive against hunger: car rally across 11 countries ends in Jordan

Published on 31 May 2007

Sixty-five vintage automobiles crossed the finish line in Amman, Jordan, today, ending a 12-day, 5000 kilometre “Drive Against Hunger” through 11 countries with the aim of raising awareness and support for efforts to end global hunger.

Sixty-five vintage automobiles crossed the finish line in Amman, Jordan, today, ending a 12-day, 5000 kilometre “Drive Against Hunger” through 11 countries with the aim of

By raising awareness about the dangers of hunger and poverty, we hope the rally will help break the cycle of indifference
Lubna Alaman, WFP’s Officer-In-Charge in Jordan

raising awareness and support for efforts to end global hunger.

The rally, which began in Oberstaufen, Germany, on 18 May, was organised by the Jordanian National Alliance for Combating Hunger and Enhancing Food Security.

It was undertaken in cooperation with WFP, under the auspices of HRH Princess Basma Bint Talal of Jordan.

Breaking the cycle

“By raising awareness about the dangers of hunger and poverty, we hope the rally will help break the cycle of indifference and show that concern and determination can make a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of millions of people worldwide who are still unable to secure their basic food needs,” said Lubna Alaman, WFP’s Officer-In-Charge in Jordan.

WFP is currently working with marginalised farmers and herders living in some of the poorest highland areas of Jordan.

More than 70,000 people are taking part in food-for-work activities that aim to improve the livelihoods of the poorest farmers by supporting activities that promote soil and water conservation.

Tasks

The cars participating in the rally used GPS navigational systems to travel away from the main highways on their long journey from Germany to Jordan.

Drivers were given tasks to complete along the way that included the delivery of clothes and shoes to those in need and the compilation of a national recipe from each country visited.

The winning participant will be the one who completed the largest number of these tasks.

Praise

Princess Basma Bint Talal welcomed the drivers and praised them for their dedication as they arrived in Jordan.

A reception for the participants will be held on 1 June, under her patronage, at the Athletic City in Amman, Jordan. The winning team will be given a camel.

All the vintage vehicles that were used in the rally will now be sold and the proceeds will be donated towards a project run by the Jordanian National Alliance for Combating Hunger and Enhancing Food Security.

In 2006, which was the first year of the rally, US$51,000 was raised by the event.

“Nearly one thousand people die every hour because of hunger and related diseases,” said Lubna Alaman. “We hope that events like this rally can re-focus attention on this global challenge.”