Enough Food For Everyone IF: The Big IF event, Hyde Park, London, June 8th 2013

The Big IF, Hyde Park, London June 8 2013

Crowds started to build-up early; by the time the stage was ready for speakers, it was packed here!

The Big IF, Hyde Park, London, June 8th 2013, was to support the ongoing campaign by Enough Food For Everyone IF, to get G8 leaders to take action and tackle global hunger; the shocking fact is that 2 million children worldwide, die from hunger, each year.

Nearly one billion people go to bed hungry every night and two million children die from malnutrition every year. The campaign has made progress in other areas, but hunger is still the great scandal of our age. All around the world, even in the UK, people are struggling to feed their families.

I went to the event and photographed, on behalf of Trust for Africa’s Orphans (TAO). This brilliant organisation invests in a sustainable, healthy future for the orphans of east Africa by enabling the families caring for them to set up self-sustaining, small-scale commercial farms. My very good friend, Robyn Cox, is a Trustee and Director.

All the images I took are for the campaign and charities to use.

The Big IF London rally attracted 45,000 IF campaigners filling Hyde Park to demand that G8 leaders take action on global hunger when they meet in Northern Ireland in just over a week’s time…

We could all do well to learn from that, and to support this important, life-saving campaign.

Meanwhile, here’s some images from the day…

Michael

The Big IF, Hyde Park, London June 8 2013
Volunteers , as ever, work tirelessly and play a huge and invaluable role to ensure these events happen.
The Big IF, Hyde Park, London June 8 2013
The Big IF, Hyde Park, London June 8 2013
Plenty of fun and lighter entertainment too on the day; colourful and musical and comical!
The Big IF, Hyde Park, London June 8 2013
Many of the leading organisations were represented, including UNICEF United Kingdom and ActionAid
The Big IF, Hyde Park, London June 8 2013
Clear and simple messages that we can all understand…
The Big IF, Hyde Park, London June 8 2013
Thousands attended to support the event…
The Big IF, Hyde Park, London June 8 2013
World Vision UK, colourful stand with important messages…
The Big IF, Hyde Park, London June 8 2013
Myleene Klass and Gethin Jones brilliantly co-hosted the event
Danny Boyle, British film director and the mastermind of London 2012 Olympics, spoke passionately…
The Big IF, Hyde Park, London June 8 2013
As did British actor, David Harewood…
The Big IF, Hyde Park, London June 8 2013
Bill Gates at the Big IF  – lent his influential voice to support the cause…
The Big IF, Hyde Park, London June 8 2013
This amazing installation, made up of 250,000 spinning flowers and with each one of the millions of petals representing a child’s life lost because of malnutrition.
It was a fantastic day, but with an important call-to-arms that we should all support…
All images © Michael David 2013
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~ by michael's eye on June 10, 2013.

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