A second special feature from Amy Agnew, Head of Campaigns at Save the Children. Here she shares with us the fantastic outcome of the Big IF rally held on Saturday 8 June.
At Saturday’s Hunger Summit world leaders pledged to save the lives of 1.7 million children through funding country nutrition plans totalling $4.1billion. This is an incredible achievement. I felt massively proud of the effort that Save the Children has played in making this happen as part of the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign.
The atmosphere at the Big IF London rally at Hyde Park on Saturday afternoon was electric! 45,000 people turned up to show they care and send a message to world leaders. We heard from a host of inspiring speakers and artists including Danny Boyle, Bill Gates, Natasha Kaplinksy, Myleene Klass, Angelique Kidjo, our amazing Tanzanian young ambassadors Frank and Mwajuma and YouTuber Charlie McDonnell. The crowd also heard messages of support from David Beckham and Eddie Izzard.
On Friday night, I joined a crew of volunteers (there were about 2,000 over a period of a couple of days) to help build an incredible flower installation. The installation included millions of petals each one representing the millions of children who die each year because of malnutrition. You can watch a time lapse of the installation being built.
This is just the beginning of a ten day push by the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign ahead of the G8 summit, with a rally in Belfast on 15 June and IF campaigners pressing for action on tax and land too. If you haven’t yet got involved, we still desperately need your support. Please sign up to the campaign, and support the online and offline actions that we’ll send through to you in these crucial 10 days.
To those of you who have supported the campaign – thank you. You made it happen – that’s nearly 2 million children who will live because of you. You should be incredibly proud of the impact you’ve had.
As I was unable to attend, I have asked a friend of mine, Jenny, who was there a few questions to get a participant perspective.
Ashley: How did you hear about the Big IF rally?
Jenny: I heard about it through my church and through emails from CAFOD.
Ashley: What made you want to get involved?
Jenny: I always go to CAFOD events as it is very close to my heart, it’s also such an important cause that needs to be noticed.
Ashley: How was the rally itself?
Jenny: The walk was quiet, but the speaking at the event in Hyde Park was very inspirational.
Ashley: What does it mean to you to be involved in this campaign?
Jenny: It’s something that I feel helpless to deal with on my own, so it’s good to feel part of a community that are tackling these big issues.