Stratford student campaigns to end world hunger at rally

Jason Balaquidan, 17, from Stratford dressed as a loaf of bread during the Big IF rally.

Jason Balaquidan, 17, from Stratford dressed as a loaf of bread during the Big IF rally. - Credit: Stuart Matthews

This student really rose to the occasion when he dressed as a loaf of bread for a protest rally to solve world hunger last Saturday.

Jason Balaquidan, 17, from Stratford, took part in the Big IF rally in Hyde Park walking around as a loaf to stand out from the 45,000-strong crowd of campaigners.

The Tower Hamlets College student went along to the family day out to support the Enough Food for Everyone IF project to put pressure on the world’s leaders attending the G8 meeting in Northern Ireland this week to focus on ending world hunger.

Jason, who fundraises for the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development (CAFOD), thought it was the yeast he could do to support the charity.

He said: “We take what we have for granted and don’t realize the impact it has on others.


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“It’s just not right that 1 in 8 people in the world go hungry and children are dying from malnutrition so we have to raise awareness of that.

“It’s a fun atmosphere at the rally but the message is serious, there is enough food for everyone and it is up to politicians to end this scandal and change the system that creates this unnecessary suffering.”

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