Olympian donates 100,000 pounds to charity

By Daily Sports on March 16, 2017

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British Olympic champion Mo Farah has donated 100,000 pounds (125,000 dollars) to a charity appeal, launched on Wednesday, for 16 million people facing starvation in East Africa, including Somalia where he was born.

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), an alliance of 13 leading British aid agencies, are raising funds for South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, which have been hit by drought.

The Mo Farah Foundation donated the money to an NGO, Save the Children to provide healthcare and nutrition to children in northern Somalia.

“It breaks my heart,” Farah, 33, said on his Facebook page.

“I can’t imagine how awful it would be to watch my children not having food to eat or water to drink, but this is a reality being faced by so many parents in East Africa.”

Farah, who was born in Somalia but moved to Britain as a child, is Britain’s most successful track athlete, winning gold in the 5,000 and 10,000 metres at the London Olympics in 2012 and repeating the feat in 2016 in Rio.

The UN declared in February that parts of war-torn South Sudan are experiencing famine, the first time the world has faced such a catastrophe in six years.

Somalia is on the brink of its second famine since 2011, with people already dying from hunger and diarrhea resulting from drought.

“No fewer than 800,000 children under five are severely malnourished,” DEC Chief Executive Saleh Saeed said in a statement.

He said that without urgent treatment, they are at risk of starving to death.

The British government will match the first five million pounds donated by the public, with International Development Secretary Priti Patel describing this as “an unprecedented challenge with millions of people stalked by the scourge of famine”.

“The international community must … stop the famine before it becomes a stain on our collective conscience,” Patel said in a statement. (Reuters/NAN)

•Photo shows Olympic champion Mo Farah.


Source Daily Sports

Posted March 16, 2017

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