Do not adjust your set, your eyes are not deceiving you, there are indeed celebrities wearing their wellies to work! A host of famopus faces from sport and TV have united in wearing their wellies to work, a way to promote Farm Africa's 'Give Hunger the Boot at Work' fundraising event on World Food Day, Thursday 16th October.
Companies across the UK are being urged to invite their staff to wear wellies to work for a small donation on World Food Day on October 16. It's all part of the charity Farm Africa's 'Give Hunger the Boot at Work' fundraiser, and you can also fundraise at school and church too. Or just get together with friends or as a group in your community.
A shocking 1 in 3 people in sub-Saharan Africa will go to bed hungry tonight. Many of these people are farmers whose biggest challenge is a lack of skills, knowledge, or seeds to be able to provide for their families. By taking part in Give Hunger the Boot this autumn, you can help to change this, for good.
Harry Potter actor and Celebrity Squares host Warwick Davis, England and London Wasps rugby captain James Haskell, Winter Olympic gold medalist Lizzy Yarnold, ITV weather presenter Lucy Verasamy, Sky News anchor Dermot Murnaghan, Strictly Come Dancing's Aliona Vilani, and the well-known chefs Ainsley Harriott and Ashley Palmer-Watts are jointly fronting the campaign, to create awareness of the day, which takes place on 16 October.
Warwick Davis says:
"I've worn some very odd costumes to work, but never wellies. I'm more used to dressing as an ewok or a wizard! However, when I think about the fact that hunger kills more people than AIDS, TB and malaria combined, I urge everyone who cares about those less fortunate than us to support the 'Give Hunger the Boot at Work' campaign and do just this."
The 'Give Hunger the Boot at Work' fundraiser is part of Farm Africa's larger 'Give Hunger The Boot' campaign which encourages schools, churches and community groups around the UK to get involve in fun welly-themed fundraising. You could raise sponsorship by wearing your wellies to work, or ask your school to take part in the Great African Welly Walk. In previous years, church congregations across the UK have used their harvest services to Give Hunger the Boot with a whole range of welly-themed activities, including sponsored welly decorating at Sunday School and taking collections in a welly boot!
Farm Africa's Director of Fundraising, Pam Williams-Jones, said:
“We'd like to thank our celebrity supporters for raising awareness of 'Give Hunger the Boot at Work', and showing just how easy it is for companies and their employees to do something simple and fun but which has a big impact. The funds raised will help to support our life-changing work with farmers in eastern Africa, helping them to grow enough food to feed their families so that they don't have to face the daily struggle of not knowing where their next meal is coming from.”
For your company to take part, just click here to download the materials you need. You can also find links to the community, school and church resources on the site.
This fundraising can make a real difference to the 239 million people in Africa going to bed hungry tonight, many of them children.
Find out more about how to Give Hunger the Boot and donate online, or text BOOT to 70500 to donate £2 to Farm Africa*.
You can also use the hashtag #GHTB to follow the campaign online.
Your support will help to ensure Africa’s farmers are able to grow enough food to eat not just this harvest, but every harvest.
* Farm Africa receives 100% of the text donation - terms and conditions can be seen here: www.farmafrica.org/text
Farm Africa is a different kind of charity, working to end hunger and bring prosperity to rural Africa. The organisation works shoulder-to-shoulder with farmers and communities. By providing the right seeds, tools and technical support, farmers are empowered to grow enough food to feed their families – not just this harvest, but every harvest. Learn more at www.farmafrica.org