The opening ceremony for Walk the World Indonesia was performed by the WFP Representative, Angela Van Rynbach, Deputy Coordinating Minister for People’s Welfare, and WFP Indonesia National Ambassador, Luna Maya.
Over 3,500 Filipinos joined the local walk, which, led by a tribal mardi gras, ati-atihan dancers and drum beaters looped around the historic Bonifacio Global City. They were joined by WFP National Ambassador Against Hunger KC Concepcion, WFP Country Director and Representative Valerie Guarnieri, Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Esperanza Cabral and Senate Majority Leader Francis Pangilinan. TNT Philippines Country General Manager Cetin Yalcin and senior representatives from Unilever, the makers of Knorr, also joined the walk, along with other corporate partners’ employees and their families.
In Indonesia, over 12,000 people in Jakarta joined the battle against child hunger. A five kilometer walk along a designated route at Gelora Bung Karno Senayan, Jakarta was inaugurated by the Deputy Coordinating Minister of People’s Welfare, Adang Setiana. Following the walk, people were entertained by a charity concert featuring prominent Indonesian celebrities including WFP Ambassador – Luna Maya.
WFP-Bangladesh and its partners mobilised several hundred people to participate in a charity ball in support of Walk the World. A live concert, a painting exhibition, auction, a fashion show and a raffle draw were organized to mark the occasion and generate funds for feeding the school children. The fashion show presented 30 disadvantaged local children with 10 Australian models who are development workers as well and some Bangladeshi celebrity models. Paintings were donated by 11 leading painters of the country and put on silent auction.
Countries in Asia came together in solidarity with the world on 1 June to End Hunger: Walk the World. Highlights include concerts in Indonesia to fashion shows in Bangladesh.