TNT, the renowned Air Express Delivery company once again joined hands with the United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) to provide local assistance to the UNWFP‘s global fund raising initiative ‘Walk the World’.
This year’s awareness building theme was the ‘hunger train’ which was unique in comparison to other awareness building strategies adopted across the globe by UNWFP. TNT’s assistance in organizing the train for UNWFP reaffirms TNT local commitment to WFP efforts to ending child hunger in Sri Lanka.
‘Walk the World’ is a global initiative to raise funds for UNWFP’s school feeding program which was initiated by TNT employees’ way back in 2004. By providing a midday meal to students, TNT and the UNWFP hopes to increase attendance in schools as well as improve learning through the old adage “a healthy body equals a healthy mind”. UNWFP and TNT believe that these efforts lay the foundation for a healthy workforce that would build a bright future.
In the year 2002, TNT CEO Peter Bakker and former United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) Executive Director James Morris entered a ground breaking partnership to support UNWFP to end global hunger. The partnership resulted in TNT becoming the biggest corporate partner of UNWFP. Being a specialist in logistics and transportation, TNT was in a position to provide it’s expertise to UNWFP to make a life saving difference by ‘getting aid to the right person at the right time’.
At present, UNWFP provides midday meals to students considered as under nourished in several areas of the island. UNWFP’s challenge is to find local donors for this worthwhile project that ensures sustainability through consistent involvement of local donor partners.
Speaking on the occasion, TNT Country Manager Mr. Jerome Brohier stated that TNT initiated ‘Walk the World in 2003 & this is the eighth consecutive year TNT employees are engaged in building awareness on the UNWFP’s main objective to end global hunger under the theme ”End Hunger, Walk the world”. The walks also helped to create awareness on the WFP’s School feeding initiative. TNT employees & their friends in Sri Lanka raised Rs. 913,000 for local school feeding through these walks in the past.
As a response to the Tsunami in 2004 which devastated parts of the island, TNT provided 35 trucks to distribute Aid across the country in addition to an Airbus A300 full of Aid relief flown in directly from Europe. It has been a wonderful experience to be partners with an organization whose sole aim is to eradicate global hunger.
Media Release – 07 June 2010