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School children call for action on hunger

Posted by Abby Mason Communications Planning and Data Manager

6th Jun 2013

Enough Food for Everyone IF  campaign supporter David Walliams joined 100 school children this morning (Thursday 6 June) to meet Prime Minister David Cameron and call for action to tackle global hunger.

The Prime Minister was presented with specially crafted plates from each of the children attending, representing more than 30,000 plates that have been decorated by schoolchildren across the UK, ahead of the G8 meeting in Northern Ireland and the Nutrition for Growth summit that the UK Government is hosting in London this Saturday, 8 June.

David Walliams joined the children to show the Prime Minister that they are calling for action to tackle the global hunger crisis that is responsible for almost half of child deaths every year.

Around the world, 1 in 8 people do not have enough food to eat and nearly 1 in 4 children under the age of 5 are also affected by poor nutrition, leaving them unable to reach their full potential. 

Urging the Prime Minister to build ambitiously on existing commitments to nutrition programmes at this weekend's summit, David Walliams, who is also a Comic Relief Honorary Trustee and UNICEF UK supporter, said: 

"Now is the time for our Government to go further and show the rest of the world's leaders that we're serious about ending global hunger and poor nutrition. As part of my work for Comic Relief, I've seen first-hand the devastating impact that hunger and malnutrition have on children, denying them the opportunity to grow, play and learn. Bold action at Saturday's Nutrition for Growth event would truly change children's lives."

Walliams added: "It's up to all of us to show we want an end to hunger. Everyone can get involved in the campaign by coming along to the Big IF event in Hyde Park in London on Saturday. By joining together and making enough noise, we can make sure that our government leads the way in ending hunger and saving children's lives."

The IF  campaign is asking attendees at Saturday's Nutrition for Growth summit to commit to mobilizing an additional $1bn annually to help end the silent scandal of malnutrition. 

And over the next ten days the campaign wants to see G8 leaders tackle the causes of hunger, all of which are well within the G8's grasp

Blog post written by Abby Mason

Communications Planning and Data Manager

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