Joanna and Davina Bolt (CJSR) at the launch
CAFOD is a founder member of Enough Food for Everyone IF – the largest coalition of its kind since Make Poverty History in 2005. The campaign calls on David Cameron to use the UK’s G8 presidency in 2013 to take action on the root causes of the hunger crisis in the poorest countries.
January 23rd saw over 100 CAFOD staff and supporters brave the cold to help launch the campaign in London. The projection of a 3D animation transformed the appearance of Somerset House as it told the story behind the campaign – that there is enough food for everyone but not everyone gets enough food. High profile speakers, both live and on video, included Bill Gates, actors Bill Nighy and David Harewood.
At the end of his speech, Bill Nighy said
We can get this thing done, so please, sign up now – recruit everybody you know.
When he came to support the Make Poverty History campaign, Nelson Mandela said that he might be free, but millions of people were still living in prison, the prison of poverty. And they are dying of hunger in that prison. It’s crucial that we show our politicians that it is their responsibility.
It could be their greatest achievement to set them free because the fate of the power and the hungry should never, ever be ‘a passing concern’.
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The walsingham House team with Bill Nighy
What is the campaign calling for?
IF we give enough aid to stop children dying from hunger, and help the poorest people feed themselves through investment in small farmers
IF we force governments and big corporations to be honest and open about their actions that stop people getting enough food
IF we stop big companies dodging taxes in poor countries, so that millions of people can free themselves from hunger
IF we stop poor farmers being forced off their land, and use crops to feed people, not fuel cars
Watch the IF campaign ambassadors film here >>