What is Walk the World?
"End Hunger: Walk the World" is an annual event to raise awareness for the problem of child hunger and funds for WFP’s school feeding programmes.
This year, Walk the World takes place on Sunday June 7th.
Walk the World, now in its seventh year, is a powerful example of how people from all over the world can join together to help hungry school children get a chance of a better future. Since its inception, the Walk has mobilized over 1.25 million people and fed over 120,000 children in school..
This year the Walk will take place in 70 countries, with more than 190 individual walks.
There will be walks in all 24 time zones, starting in Australia, where a group of WFP supporters will be climbing up the Sydney harbour bridge, and finally ending in Samoa nearly 24 hours later.
The Walks range in size from just a few dozen determined people, for example in Trinidad&Tobago, to several thousands, in the Netherlands, where the three sponsoring companies are based.
It is a reflection of the often dangerous environments in which WFP works to feed the hungry poor that three walks were cancelled in Sri Lanka and Pakistan due to security reasons, and in Guatemala due to swine flu concerns.
There will also be a virtual walk online this year at www.wfp.org/walktheweb for those who don’t have a walk happening near them. In this internet walk you can support the fight against child hunger by posting a message and making a donation. Every dollar (or local currency equivalent) donated is counted as a mile walked – and our aim is to ‘walk’ in this way all of the 25,000 miles around the world.
Help us reach the target, and help us feed hungry schoolchildren...