Save the Children calls on UK to pick up the baton and start “Race Against Hunger”

19 JULY 2012 - Save the Children UK has called on its government during this Olympic time to use its G8 presidency to jump-start a “Race Against Hunger”. The Call comes as Britain is about to host the 2012 Olympic Games in London and is asking advocates to sign a petition on its website. The petition calls the UK “to use your g8 presidency to lead the biggest ever push to tackle world hunger. By committing to put hunger at the centre of your agenda for 2013, you could help save one million children’s lives every year,” says the Call.

Below, read the Call — RACE AGAINST HUNGER. Link on the right to the Save the Children website to sign the Petition.


Dear Prime Minister,

I call on you to use your G8 presidency to lead the biggest ever push to tackle world hunger. By committing to put hunger at the centre of your agenda for 2013, you could help save one million children’s lives every year.

This summer, as the UK takes centre stage for the 2012 Olympics, pick up the baton and help us kick-start the Race Against Hunger.

The Olympics inspire children across the world, but hunger stops too many of those in developing countries taking even the first step on that journey. Every hour during the Games, 300 children will die because they can't get enough of the right food.

As world leaders gather in London for the Games, David Cameron is playing his part - using the historic opportunity to call a Global Hunger Summit. We need him to send a powerful signal that this meeting has to be the start of a race that culminates next year with the major decisions needed to save millions from hunger.

The world has shown in recent years that it can take that dramatic action - millions of children have been saved from preventable diseases thanks to a global plan.

Now we must turn the world's attention to malnutrition - the hidden killer of over 2.5 million children every year. Already so many of you have helped push child hunger up the agenda this year.

Help us now to set the Prime Minister's and other world leaders' sights high ahead of this crucial Olympic meeting. Send a message right now asking David Cameron to accept the baton and lead the next leg of the race against hunger. It will only take a moment.

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