2 December 2002, Rome -- Some 4 500 school-children took part in a colourful award ceremony in Rome as part of "Feeding Minds, Fighting Hunger," a programme aimed at galvanising young people's energy in the fight against hunger.

Italian television personality Pippo Baudo hosted a solidarity event, entitled "We are the World," in Rome's Palazzetto dello Sport on November 28th.

Ten winners of a poster designing competition received their awards during an evening of singing and dancing which included performances by FAO's multi-ethnic choir "Milk and Chocolate" and Italian group "Gazosa".

The show was an opportunity to involve the younger generation in the fight against hunger, giving them the chance to express themselves through drawings and slogans on the theme of World Food Day - Water: source of food security.

The event, attended by television personalities including Massimo Dapporto, was sponsored by the Italian Institute of New Trends with the support and patronage of the regional government of Lazio, the Ministry of Education and Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.

It formed part of Italy's official celebrations for World Food Day (16 October 2002) which aims to sensitise young people to the dramatic problem of world hunger.

Money raised by the students will go to FAO's TeleFood campaign to fund small projects, seeds and tools for some of the world's neediest rural communities.

Maria Cristina Sirchia
Media Relations Branch, FAO
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