Charlette Burn is getting proactive about the problem of hunger in the world.
She's taking part in a 5km hike through central Auckland to fundraise for a famine-relief programme in Mozambique, one of the world's poorest nations.
The October 16 fundraiser will be the first hike4hunger event in New Zealand and will also mark UN World Food Day.
The event aims to raise awareness about the ongoing global hunger crisis, build solidarity behind those afflicted by hunger and encourage new behaviours in both the privileged and underprivileged worlds to close the poverty gap.
Charlette has enlisted five of her friends to participate in the hike and spread the message about ending world hunger.
"What really spoke to me about hike4hunger was that they use a grassroots approach. They are addressing the long systemic issue in a more practical way by teaching people ways to feed themselves.
"They're empowering people to learn and stand on their own."
The aim is to raise $5000 and the funds will be distributed by hike4hunger's charity partner The Hunger Project, to empower more than 27,000 men, women and children in Mozambique to become self-reliant.
Hikers will meet at the band rotunda in Auckland Domain for the start of the hike and will proceed through Grafton, Myers Park, Aotea Square and Albert Park.
Hike4hunger co-founder Simon Lewis says the campaign message is simple:
"Every time you think `What will we have for dinner tonight?' consider the families all over the developing world that don't know where their next meal will come from. They are thinking `Will there be any dinner tonight'?"
Schools and community groups are encouraged to register online or on the day at the Domain.
Visit www.hike4hunger.org to learn more.
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