Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Let’s Walk/Run for Food on May 29!

I advocate for a lot of causes. But the top advocacy I’m most passionate about would have to be anything that has to do with children’s health, education, welfare, and upbringing. You see, I sincerely believe that if every child is brought up right, the world would become a much better place. We probably won’t be worrying about the environment or social justice as much because there would be more decent individuals walking the Earth.

Thus, when the World Food Program (WFP) invited me to a press con on Walk the World 2011 the other day, I enthusiastically said yes.

Did you know that hunger and malnutrition are the biggest threats to global health worldwide? And that they are responsible for 1/3 of all deaths in kids under age five in the developing world? Personally, I find those statistics frustrating because we usually see so many people wasting food every day. To think that it costs just P10.00, (ten pesos!) to provide a nutritious meal to a hungry child.

This coming May 29, Sunday, thousands of people in various countries are geared to join WFP and its major corporate partners, TNT, Unilever, and DSM, in a worthwhile activity aimed to raise awareness and money to feed hungry children in some of the poorest countries in the world.

Walk the World Pilipinas will be happening at the SM Mall of Asia, IMAX Parking Lot from 5:00 – 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 29, 2011. This is open to walkers and runners who want to do something about fighting hunger. There are three categories that anyone can join:
  • The traditional 2-km walk – P250 entry fee
  • A 5-km run for both male and female enthusiasts – P500 entry fee
  • A 10-km group- run – P10,000 entry fee for 10 members
Funds raised from the event will support approximately 80,000 school children in the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Norte, and Lanao del Sur.

Aside from filling the children’s grumbling tummies with a warm meal, the school feeding programs serve as an incentive to parents to keep their kids in school which, in turn, would help lay a healthy foundation for a better future for these young people. Who knows? Some of our country’s potential leaders could be one of the children being fed by WFP today!

Help bring smiles to thousands of children's faces. Let's end hunger, together! Sign up for Walk the World Pilipinas today. In case you can’t join the walk/run, you can still get involved by logging on to with photos, videos and donations.

You can also read the official Press Release in my other blog. Thank you very much!

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