Spanish footballer Raúl: FAO's newest goodwill ambassador
"I am committing myself to FAO's fight against hunger"
28 October 2004, Madrid -- Spanish football star Raúl González, captain of Real Madrid and the Spanish national team, today was named as FAO's newest goodwill ambassador by the UN Agency's Director-General, Dr. Jacques Diouf, at a ceremony in Madrid.
"It is an honour to be the first Spaniard named as an FAO goodwill ambassador. I am committing myself to FAO's fight against hunger because it strikes me as unacceptable that over 842 million people suffer from hunger worldwide, despite the fact that today we produce enough food to feed everyone," said Mr González on accepting the award.
"Raúl's charisma and his influence on public opinion will lend immeasurable support to FAO's goal of eradicating hunger," said Dr. Diouf during the ceremony. "We are grateful for your backing of FAO's work, and are looking forward to collaborating with you on initiatives aimed at guaranteeing food for all."
Dr. Diouf also noted that in addition to his exceptional gifts as an athlete, Mr González's involvement in social causes has earned him widespread public admiration.
Today's ceremony coincided with the tenth anniversary of González's debut in Spanish First Division football, and came just days before the 8th annual "TeleFood: Food For All" broadcast gala, which will be televised live by Spain's leading television group, RTVE, on Saturday 30 October at 23:00 CEST.
The RTVE/TeleFood gala is aimed not only at building awareness of the problem of world hunger, but will also raise funds via call-in donations for use by FAO anti-hunger programmes around the world.
Donations will be directly invested in small, self-sustaining agriculture, livestock and fisheries projects that help poor families in food-insecure regions produce more to eat.
FAO established its goodwill Ambassadors Programme in 1999 to draw public and media attention to the plight of the millions of people worldwide who suffer from chronic hunger and malnutrition.
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