The Famine Run organised by World Vision India recently saw over 700 students and volunteers marching down the Marina Beach.
The event, which was part of a global initiative called 24-famine, was carried out to raise awareness about issues of hunger and undernutrition faced by children across the country.
The March was led by Junior National Tennis Champion Vikram Menon. Students and NCC cadets from several colleges in the city including WCC, Loyola and Sathyabhama Engineering College participated in the event.
Speaking at the event, before the run began, Dr Jayakumar Christian, CEO, World Vision India, said “There is so much noise being made about the cost of the much-awaited Food Security Bill, what we don’t realise is that it is an insignificant investment for the lives of our children,” he said.
The Famine Run was flagged off at 6.30 am, with participants of the running in unison, carrying messages about the poor state of India’s children.
Anand Joshua, head of fundraising, World Vision India, speaking at the start of the 24-hour Famine yesterday said, “The facts are so clear that Chennai’s school children are able to understand the issues of hunger and undernutrition, and are passionate about making a change. We need people, corporates and governments to have the same spirit,” he said.
Many programs were conducted for school children on the previous day of The Famine Run. Over 500 children and youth were involved in different activities and competitions organised at Fatima School, Kodambakkam. Quiz, debate and other such competitions were organised to help children express their insights on issues related to poverty and hunger.