Vieira leads fight against hunger and poverty
- Sat 23 Oct 2010, 11:03AM
- Posted by Chris Bailey
Sixteen top European Football Leagues will this weekend dedicate their matches to the global fight against hunger and poverty.
And leading the charge for the Blues will be World Cup winner Patrick Vieira.
The City midfielder is a Goodwill Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
“I am really proud to be part of this campaign and that the Premier League is involved,” he said.
“As footballers we can send the right message to the world. It is really important to change the way people thing about poverty and the way we help people around the world.
We should not accept the fact that people are dying because they do not eat. That is not acceptable to anyone
All sixteen leagues are calling upon football fans to sign an online (www.1billionhungry.org) petition calling on governments to give priority to the elimination of hunger.
'The 1billionhungry project' is a global outreach initiative of FAO and its partners. Since its launch in May, the petition has attracted more than a million signatures.
“This shows that people around the globe are deeply troubled by the fate of the world’s hungry,” said FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf. “They are urging governments to take more forceful action against hunger and poverty.