Walk the World - Fighting hunger, one step at a time...

Published on 04 June 2010

Marchers gear up to start walking in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Copyright: WFP/Rodrigo Belentani

 June 6th 2010 - save the date... This Sunday, tens of thousands of people around the world will join together across 24 time zones to raise awareness about hunger. With over 1 billion people in the world suffering from undernourishment, the annual "Walk the World" events are more significant than ever before... Read on to find out more, and to see what you can do to help.

70 countries - 24 time zones - and tens thousands of people worldwide who have decided to Walk the World to end hunger.

Soccer legend and WFP Ambassador Against Hunger Kaka’ is supporting Walk the World and has called attention to world hunger from South Africa as he prepares for the FIFA World Cup.

“What if the world's next soccer star never makes it to the pitch, because hunger weakened his body and stole his future?” Kaka asks. “I believe that hunger is unacceptable - that's why I support WFP.”

Hunger and malnutrition are the biggest threats to global health worldwide, causing one third of all deaths of children under the age of five in developing countries. WFP and its partners are passionate about taking action on this important issue and believe that everyone can help by joining Walk the World to take a first step towards ending hunger.

It costs WFP just 20 Euro cents (USD 25¢) to provide a nutritious meal to a child at school. School feeding programmes also give parents an extra incentive to keep their children in school, and help to lay a healthy foundation for a better future for the young.

Speaking of education, we have released four lesson plans aimed at teaching students where in the world walks are taking place, and highlighting hunger issues:

Walk the World - Africa

Walk the World - Asia

Walk the World - Central America

Walk the World - South America

Too late to join a walk near you? Then join the virtual walk. Nothing to do this weekend? Then grab a camera and film your own video walk. See the video below to find out how.

We're fighting hunger - worldwide. Join us!

 

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