Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has fought many battles in his life. This time the "Pambansang Kamao" has joined hand with the world's biggest feeding programs to knock out world hunger.
The Global Village Champions Foundation (GVCF), a world-leader in the humanitarian delivery of meals to starving people in disaster hit areas around the globe, has chosen Filipino boxing champion and Saranggani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, along with Mr. Cesar Montano and Ms. Tessa Prieto, Philippine celebrities, as its goodwill ambassadors for Asia.
The goal of of GVCG is simple to achieve a day without hunger. since 1993,the program has provided and distributed more than 900 million documented meals to the needy around the world. The goal is to reach one billion meals by December 31, 2013, Barry said. The free meals come in the form of Vita Pro soybean food products.
In 2011, GVCF delivered disaster relief in the form of meals to Haiti, The Philippines, Japan, Thailand and the southern United States. In addition to Vita Pro meals, GVCF also delivered rice and beans, water, medical supplies and other basic needs.
Yank Barry said the GVCF is now preparing to send two million meals to provinces in Mindanao that were hit by storm Pablo, particularly Saranggani and the Compostela Valley. For the past 15 years, Barry said his foundation was able to send 60 million meals to the Philippines.
Recently, GVCF’s global ambassador, boxer Evander Holyfield visited areas in Mindanao that were hit by Pablo
Storm Pablo struck Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley in Mindanao last December 3 and brought devastation to the provinces for almost a week. More than 170,000 people were displaced by Pablo.
“I would like to thank Evander Holyfield and Yank Barry for personally coming to the Philippines, especially to my province to help me feed the typhoon victims and the needy,” said Pacquiao
Barry said sending food to the starving victims of storm Pablo in Mindanao is but a small step towards recovery.
“I don’t think your country understands the devastation brought by the typhoon. It would take between eight and 10 years to rebuild,” he said.
Barry said GVCF is steadily receiving cash donations from famous professional athletes, musicians, models and movie stars to fund its meal delivery operations around the world. Among the foundation’s sponsors are Celine Dion, Michael Jordan, actress Bo Derek, actor Jon Voight and astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
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