By Stephanie Gandy, graduate student at Auburn University
The 2014 Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH) Summit is an event where participants gather to share best practices and inspiration, in addition to listening to world-renowned keynote speakers. It is going to be an incredible time and YOU should be there! Why? Because the Summit gives you the opportunity hear from some of the world’s most prominent leaders and participate in a number of panels and interactive sessions. Hunger is a true issue for many people throughout the world. Many of us cannot even imagine the feeling of being hungry for longer than lunch to a late dinner. The UFWH Summit is more than an event, but a show of support and advocacy for those who suffer from hunger daily. We care for those who feel hungry for extended periods of time. The Summit allows participants to not only be motivated, but identify practical and replicable actions that they can bring back to their campuses and communities.
Speakers from around the world have agreed to come to Auburn, Alabama, for the Summit. When you register for the Summit, you are also signing up to hear from Alfred Orono Orono, Senior Advisor, Rule of Law at United Nations Mission in South Sudan. Orono Orono spent part of his youth as a child soldier fighting the oppressive military rule of the dictator Idi Amin. Now an international criminal lawyer, he has a unique perspective on issues facing war-torn countries. His survival and subsequent success makes him a leader in this community. In addition to Orono Orono, Mick Jackson will also be a speaker at the Summit. Jackson is the founder of the WildHearts Group, which is committed to launching companies that use their profits to fight poverty. In 2008, Mick was voted Entrepreneur of the Year and Top Scot by the Scottish public, an honor he shares with JK Rowling and six time Olympic Gold medal winner, Sir Chris Hoy.
The Summit will be the only place you can see these two amazing speakers, plus more, in one place. Not only do we have some great speakers, there will also be a Stop Hunger Now food packing event and the HungerU bus stop tour will be here. We are getting serious about ending child hunger – in America, and around the world. Moreover, we believe in advocacy and teaching students to become strong activists for causes in which they believe. You can help us become a 21st century food security leader.
With your help, we can make strides toward a world where no one goes to bed hungry and no child has to worry about where their next meal will come from. With your help, hunger becomes an issue of our past, not our future. We hope to see YOU at the UFWH 9th Annual Hunger Summit at Auburn University February 28th-March 2nd, 2014.