Children from the Isle of Man who took part in the IF appeal to end world hunger ahead of the G8 summit in June have received a response from Prime Minister David Cameron’s office.
An official letter recently received by the One World Centre, which co-ordinated the campaign on the Isle of Man, thanked the Island’s children for sending in thousands of hand-decorated paper plates demanding action.
It outlines the pledges that the G8 summit made with regard to taxes paid by international companies, increased tax transparency and other commitments to ensure equal benefits for rich and poor countries. It also confirms $4bn financial commitments agreed to alleviate world hunger with the aim of preventing two million infant deaths and 20 million suffering from stunted growth as a result of hunger.
Mr Cameron’s correspondence officer said, ”Taken together, we believe these commitments add up to real progress in tackling both the causes and the consequences of poverty.”
Rosemary Clarke, director of the One World Centre, said, “We are pleased that the Island’s children have received a reply from the Prime Minister. Children here were appalled to learn that so many others around the world still go to bed hungry every night and there were a lot of passionate messages written on the plates which seem to have had the impact they were hoping for.
“We now look forward to seeing how the pledges given by the G8 nations and others in June translate into positive action.”
Schools that participated in the campaign included St Ninians, Queen Elizabeth II, Fairfield, Ballaugh, Ballacottier, Anagh Coar, Auldyn, Ree Gorrey and Cronk-y-Berry. Several churches were also involved.