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"Eat So They Can" – Global Fundraiser to Stop Child Poverty


Eat So They Can, a Global Volunteer Network (GVN) Foundation initiative, is an international fundraiser that invites people around the world to host dinner parties on the weekend of October 17-18 in what is collectively one huge dinner party; where something as simple as sharing a meal with friends can help stop child poverty. The funds raised at the events will go towards supporting orphanages and schools in Africa and South America, providing disadvantaged children with the essentials for survival.

According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) 2009 statistics, 1.02 billion people do not have enough to eat – more than the populations of USA, Canada and the European Union.

Colin Salisbury, GVN Founder and President, is encouraging everyone to get involved in the Eat So They Can campaign and hold a dinner party, no matter how big or small, to help put an end to child poverty. “By joining Eat So They Can you will have the chance to discuss issues facing the poorest children around the world, the chance to spend time with friends, and the chance to make a difference.”

An all expense paid trip to Kenya is up for grabs for one lucky host who takes home the Eat So They Can Grand Prize. Also, new for 2009, all hosts who raise more than $20,000 will also be invited on the trip! The winners will have the opportunity to visit GVN projects in Kenya. They will help distribute funds raised from the Eat So They Can campaign as well as have an opportunity to meet the children who will be benefiting -the biggest reward of all.

The fundraiser is in celebration of the United Nations World Poverty Day (October 17). GVN Foundation was recently granted Special Consultative status by the United Nations.

Global Hunger Facts:
* Every six seconds a child dies because of hunger and related causes;
(Source: State of Food Insecurity in the World, FAO, 2004)

* 1.02 billion people do not have enough to eat – more than the populations of USA, Canada and the European Union;
(Source: FAO news release, 19 June 2009)

* The number of undernourished people in the world increased by 75 million in 2007 and 40 million in 2008, largely due to higher food prices;
(Source: FAO news release, 9 Dec 2008)

* 25,000 people (adults and children) die every day from hunger and related causes;
(Source: The State of Food Insecurity in the World, FAO)

* More than 60% of chronically hungry people are women;
(Source: The State of Food Insecurity in the World, FAO)

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