Our race against hunger began in the UK
Trafalgar Square: this is where our race against hunger began in 1919.
Sisters Eglantyne Jebb and Dorothy Buxton decided to take action to save the lives of children in cities like Berlin and Vienna that were starving as a result of a blockade kept up by the British Government. During a demonstration in Trafalgar Square, they were arrested for distributing leaflets that highlighted those starving children. The leaflets were deemed “unpatriotic”.
Rather than feel defeated, they continued to campaign and raise money to fight for these children. As a result, £400,000 was raised (the equivalent of £1 Million today) in the first year and the Save The Children Fund was founded.
Today, we continue to save the lives of children around the world dying from hunger. This image was taken in May when we joined forces with ONE and Concern to campaign for our government to take action on hunger and malnutrition. Join our Race Against Hunger: http://bit.ly/LjHZor
We’re sharing gold moments in our race against hunger throughout the Olympics:
2 August: The child that is hungry must be fed
2 August: 1921: The Russian Famine