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2018 Seasonal Highlights
Come rain or shine; summer, spring, winter or fall, in 2018, we covered it all!
Dec 21 2018
At Action Against Hunger, each season brings new challenges. From severe droughts in Somalia to the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia, and conflict that rages throughout the year, at Action Against Hunger, the fight against global hunger never stops. Here are some of our highlights from 2018.
This spring, we hit the ground running in the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon. Our team, consisting of 33 runners from around the world, came together to run London’s hottest marathon on record and raised over £60,000 in the process, supporting our life-saving work. In May, 17 UK hospitality industry ambassadors tackled a gruelling 5 day trek in Nepal to raise an incredible £103,813 and see our impact first hand in communities that are rebuilding after the devastating 2015 earthquakes.
During Mental Health Awareness week, we shone a light on Action Against Hunger’s commitment to providing psychosocial support to survivors of natural disasters, conflict and famine. In Bangladesh, we supported Rohingya refugees suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety. Globally, over the course of 1 year, we have increased our mental health reach by 684%, supporting 275,675 people through tailored psychosocial and parenting programmes.
As well as providing children and their families around the world with support and care, we also encourage governments to champion the fight against hunger and malnutrition. This spring, we held a parliamentary event calling for a renewed political commitment to responding and preventing hunger crises. Harriett Baldwin MP, Minister for International Development and the Foreign Office, stated “there is nothing inevitable or unavoidable about famine. Famine is a failure of politics”, pledging to continue to support the fight against global hunger.
In July, England’s hottest summer on record didn’t stop Action Against Hunger’s student fundraisers from completing the National Three Peaks Challenge. 30 students climbed the highest peaks of Scotland, England and Wales within a staggering 24 hours, raising an incredible £19,531 for Action Against Hunger. Meanwhile, overseas, 125 students completed treks to Everest Base Camp and Macchu Picchu, raising a jaw dropping £339,489 to support our life-saving projects around the world.
Turning up the heat: five of London’s top food critics swapped the comfort of their air-conditioned offices for the flames of a six-metre long grill at Too Many Critics. As part of a 5 course meal, each critic created a sauce to be served alongside Temper’s tandoori chicken, which was then judged by a panel of esteemed chefs. The evening raised a fantastic £19,255 for and saw Tracey Macleod win the crown for her delicious chimichurri sauce!
In honour of World Refugee Day on 20th June, we shared stories of hope from Jordan, where we have reached 46,112 Syrian refugees in just one year. Since the outbreak of war in Syria, an estimated 1.3 million refugees have fled to Jordan, putting a huge strain on the country’s infrastructure and resources. Programmes like ‘cash for work’ and water, sanitation and hygiene projects have helped improve the livelihoods of refugee families, providing them with vital a source of income, safe food supplies and clean sanitation facilities.
In autumn, Action Against Hunger became the newest member of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), bringing together the leading UK aid charities to raise money, work together and help people impacted by major disasters around the world. Following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia that affected an estimated 1.5 million people in September, the DEC raised over £25 million to help communities gain access to safe supplies of food and water.
This year our flagship Love Food Give Food campaign gave more, branching out to include both our restaurant supporters and community fundraisers. We hosted a series of sensational seasonal supper clubs, by partnering up with local chefs in London and Manchester and delivering an evening of fantastic food, whilst raising funds to support our work. Long-term restaurant supporters have raised more than ever before this year, including D&D London who raised £35,428 and Bone Daddies who raised £44,000! Restaurants across the country have done also raised some incredible amounts including Kiln and Smoking Goat who together raised £13,887 and Tattu in Manchester who raised £5,643.
In November, a Metro journalist reported from one of our projects in Mali, where a child dies from malnutrition every 5 minutes. Most rural villages in Mali have no electricity or running water, and the nearest health centres are several days’ walk away. With the support of innocent foundation, Carluccio’s and the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, we are training up local community health workers to detect and treat the symptoms of malnutrition, which has saved hundreds of children’s lives. On the success of this, we will be implementing this innovative way of working in a number of other countries.
As autumn turned to winter, the temperatures may have dropped outside, but inside Action Against Hunger’s 13th Fine Wine Auction, the bids kept rising. Our all-female line-up raised a whopping £320,000 for Action Against Hunger and saw dinner with Angela Hartnett and Nieves Barragan go for £25,000 - our highest ever bid! Guests were welcomed with a Champagne Tattinger reception, followed by a bespoke meal to remember and the opportunity to bid on a host of exclusive experiences throughout the evening.
Bringing the year to a close with some festive fundraising fun, our participation in Taste Festive raised £21,178! Five chefs, including Hus Vedat, Jack Stein, Romy Gill, Tom Hunt and Jason Atherton created five 5-star tacos. Combined with Taste Summer earlier this year, our partnership with Taste London raised a grand total of £48,375!
In winter, war doesn’t stop, so at Action Against Hunger, we launched a campaign to #StopHungerCrime. To symbolise the weaponisation of hunger, and raise awareness, we melted down bullets from war zones into knives and forks. In conflicts around the world, hunger is often used as a weapon of war: starving citizens by burning fields, bombing markets and blocking access to humanitarian aid. Despite this, over the course of the year, Action Against Hunger operated in 17 of the 20 most conflict affected countries in the world. We’re present in war zones like Yemen, for example, where 14 million people are on the brink of starvation.
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Main Image: Fardosa Hussein for Action Against Hunger