I think we sometimes forget just how lucky we are. We never have to worry about where our next meal is coming from, and we are surrounded with seemingly endless choices of foods. This is, of course not the case all around the world. Whilst there is enough food in the world to feed everyone, 1 in 8 people go hungry every single day! Hunger might not seem like the biggest issue around but its a huge killer, a child dies every 15 seconds because of hunger, this is simply wrong and completely preventable! Charities across the country saw 2013 as a huge opportunity to make a difference, as the UK is hosting this years G8 meeting – a great opportunity to apply political pressure and lobby for change. In this spirit there is something simple you can do. This Saturday (8th June) you can head to Hyde Park in London for the Big IF. Save the Children and other charities want thousands of people to attend and make a huge noise to send a big message to the governments attending a world hunger summit the same day in London. By piling on the political pressure it is hoped the leaders of the G8 will be convinced to make changes to help alleviate hunger around the world.
Whilst there is of course a serious message to the day the event will be fun too. The day promises to offer something for everyone, with interactive areas set up throughout the site. These will include a children’s area with professional story-tellers, hat and kite making classes and drawing lessons. There will also be dedicated areas for YouTubers and bloggers where people will have the opportunity to meet YouTube sensation Charlie McDonnell (Charlieissocoollike). Those keen to find out more about the campaign will be able to debate issues, and there will also be a ‘Make IF Happen’ area with busking, spoken word and fun photo opportunities.
Full details of the event can be found here http://enoughfoodif.org/g8/london
If you can’t attend on the day you can still make a difference and sign up and pledge your support to the campaign here http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/if