“As sports men and women, it is important for all of us to use our privileged positions to raise awareness about the challenges that some of the less fortunate among us have to face," says Tergat.
A native of Kenya, Mr. Tergat is amongst the world’s greatest long distance runners in history. He won a total of 13 World Cross-Country Championships, two consecutive World Half Marathon Championships, and two silver Olympic medals for the men’s 10,000 meters in Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000.
Born in Kenya’s Rift Valley to a family of 17, Mr. Tergat grew up amid hardships and rural poverty. His life changed in 1997 at the age of eight when WFP introduced the school meals programme in the school he attended. The meals gave Mr. Tergat the energy to concentrate in school, setting him on the course to overcoming hunger and becoming a world-renowned long distance champion.
Since being appointed as Ambassador in 2004, Mr. Tergat is staunch advocate of WFP school meal programmes. In 2007, he accompanied fellow Ambassador, Drew Barrymore, on a trip to his native Kenya where they visited WFP school meal programmes in the Kibera slum of Nairobi. In 2013, Mr. Tergat travelled to Washington, D.C. where he advocated on behalf of school meals programmes worldwide. During his trip, he met with key Members of Congress, members of the House and Senate Appropriations committee to describe how funds allocated to school meals programmes work.
Today, Mr. Tergat continues to advocate his strong support to WFP’s school meals as well as raising awareness about the global issue of hunger through his foundation – the Paul Tergat foundation.