Couple Plan 1,500 Mile Trek from Italy to Spain to Fight Global Hunger
In May of next year, Scott Zielke of Chicago, IL and Ashley Green, a native of Knoxville, TN, will begin a journey through three European countries in an effort to generate awareness and funds for Action Against Hunger/ Action Contre la Faim (ACF). This dedicated couple will set off from Rome, traversing the Via Francigena and then the Camino De Santiago toward Santiago de Compostela, Spain covering over 1,500 miles along the way.
The route, commonly called The Road to Santiago, is an ancient path first used by medieval pilgrims and still marked by painted arrows and plaques for the convenience of modern travelers. By utilizing this symbolic ‘road of miracles,’ the couple intends to pay homage to the common people.
In the months until the start of their travels, Zielke and Green aim to spread the word and gather donations stateside for ACF, an international humanitarian aid organization. The pair is dedicating a year to promoting and furthering Action Against Hunger’s life-saving programs in malnutrition and water and sanitation.
When asked how they came to choose this particular organization, Scott replied: “After reading through many reviews, scouting through many websites, and truly getting a feel for each organization’s beliefs, I came to the conclusion that ACF was head over heels the best choice. I feel that ACF has a phenomenal track record of putting the money where it is needed and doing the research to find where that is. What I like most about ACF, though, is their commitment to ending hunger now and in the future by developing strategies, conducting research, and ultimately building life saving programs that bring about change.”
The couple is in step with a growing number of Athletes Against Hunger, an informal assemblage of individuals taking part in everything from inline skating across the US to climbing Mount Everest to raise funds and publicity for the cause.
About Action Against Hunger
Action Against Hunger / Action Contre la Faim (ACF) is a global humanitarian organization committed to eliminating world hunger. Recognized as a leader in the fight against hunger and malnutrition, ACF works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing families with sustainable access to safe water and long-term solutions to hunger. ACF has pursued its vision of a world without hunger for 30 years, intervening in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity.
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Facts about Hunger
925 million people suffer from hunger and malnutrition around the world.
Malnutrition affects 32.5% of children in developing countries.
1 out of every 6 infants are born with low birth weight due to undernutrition among pregnant women in developing countries.
1 out of every 3 people in developing countries are affected by vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
Hunger is number one on the list of the world's top 10 health risks. It kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.