AUBURN – On Oct. 17, a group of Auburn students and other concerned citizens will embark on a 60-mile Hunger March from the Auburn University campus to the steps of the state capitol in Montgomery to raise awareness about the issue of world hunger.
Marchers will set out from the Auburn University Medical Clinic on Friday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m. and travel southeast on College Street until it becomes U.S. 29. They will continue on to Ala. 81 North and conclude the first day, and 20 miles, in Tuskegee. On day two, Oct. 18, a 30-mile walk will follow U.S. 80 and finish in the Mt. Meigs area. On Sunday, Oct. 19, the final 10 miles will take the marchers to the steps of the capitol where they will arrive at about noon.
Auburn University student Haley Walker, president of the Auburn Committee of 19, is spearheading the Hunger March initiative and reflects the commitment of the many students on campus working to alleviate world hunger through the university’s War on Hunger.
“I am so excited about this Hunger March. It is time that something like this was done,” said Walker. “Every five seconds a child dies of hunger, even though there is on average 4.3 pounds of food per person worldwide. This is inexcusable, and we are tired of just talking about it. We are taking a stand and fighting to end hunger one step at a time. We are confident that this is a battle we can win, and we will continue to fight until something is done.
“The lack of political will to address these hunger issues is disheartening. Hunger kills more people than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. It is the underlying issue to most of our worldwide problems today. Nothing will ever change unless we take a stand and let people and politicians know that we want to see something done. That stand is taking place this weekend – a 60-mile stand. We hope that you will join us and help where you can. This is our time. We can make a difference, and we will.”
The Hunger March is the finale to Auburn University’s Hunger Awareness Week, Oct. 13-19. Beginning Monday, Oct. 13, an oversized red cup will be placed on the Cater Hall lawn for donations of non-perishable items for the East Alabama Food Bank and also spare change for global hunger relief in the “Fill the Cup” initiative. Another highlight of the week will feature Auburn’s mascot, Aubie, on a “Tiger Prowl” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m in the area of Cater Hall and Foy Hall to help collect donations.
To learn more about the Hunger March and the partnership between Auburn University and the United Nations World Food Programme, go to http://www.auburn.edu/event/hunger/publish.php?doc_id=1.
To sponsor a participant for the Hunger March, call (334) 844-3790. Relay teams are welcome.
Contact: Haley Walker, President, Auburn Committee of 19, (334) 791-3393 (firstname.lastname@example.org), or
Harriet Giles, College of Human Sciences, (334) 844-3241(email@example.com), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (firstname.lastname@example.org)