Hunger Awareness Rumbles Through a Town Near You
This spring, PRISM International, a not-for-profit trade association for the commercial information management industry, used a cross-country motorcycle trek to raise awareness and vital funding for the fight against malnutrition. The trip is the first charitable activity for the association and will be part of PRISMgives, a broader philanthropic effort. "The magnitude of energy and enthusiasm for PRISMgives was overwhelming—we just had to come up with a kick-off activity that was equally as exciting," according to PRISMgives project coordinator, Tom Adams.
The cross-country event took place May 10-16 and covered nearly 2,800 miles. Riders averaged an 8-hour daily schedule, traversing the varied terrain of the American South and by-passing major cities. "Everyone interested in eliminating global hunger was encouraged to get involved, either by riding or donating—and the dedication really paid off. We exceeded our $25,000 goal and are still receiving gifts!" exclaims Adams. If you’re interested in reliving the journey, you can find details online at the PRISMgives website.
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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.