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Wu Bai to rock '30-Hour Famine'

Christian relief, development and advocacy organization World Vision Taiwan (WVT, 台灣世界展望會) will host the 24th edition of its 30-Hour Famine Hero Rally (第24屆飢餓三十-飢餓勇士大會師) at the National Stadium (國家體育場) in Kaohsiung Feb. 2-3, 2013. World Vision calls on everyone to rally to combat hunger, save lives and bring hope to the poor.

According to figures released by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the number of people suffering from chronic hunger has already reached 925 million. A direct consequence of food, fuel and economic crises, over one-quarter of the total population of Africa struggles day-to-day just to survive. Since climate change effects have further compounded the problem by decreasing food production, poor families have sought to buy cheaper and lower quality food, leading to increased incidences of malnutrition, disease and hunger.

To support food relief programs, World Vision Taiwan has invited Taiwanese singer Wu Bai (伍佰) to act as spokesman for this year's 30-Hour Famine campaign.

Asked to describe his feelings after receiving the invitation, Wu stated that he feels “very honored and happy to be involved in such a meaningful event.”

As the cross-border relief action takes place with an emphasis on humanitarian principles, Wu stressed that “participating in the 30 Hour Famine is not only a 'rock movement' but also a form of 'behavior art.'”

“Participants will always remember they have offered aid to people in need, and demonstrated to the world that their involvement is special and significant,” he continued.

World Vision Taiwan Executive Director Hank Du (杜明翰) explained that “participants in the 30-Hour Famine Hero Rally will have to follow the rules.”

So what are the rules? It's all pretty simple, he pointed out. Participants cannot eat any solid foods, and must spend the night at the venue, dressed in a 30-Hour Famine T-shirt offered by the organizer if they like. Hoping to attract more people to take part in the program, World Vision Taiwan will also provide pick-up services to help participants avoid traffic hassles.

Wu ended by opening up about his biggest concern over his role as ambassador for the 24th 30-Hour Famine. “I don't smile very often to the media in Taiwan, but I still will try my best to bring hope to poor children living in Africa and to let them know that people living on the other side of the Earth do pay attention to their lives, and that they should never give up.” ■

'The 24th 30-Hour Famine Hero Rally' (第24屆飢餓三十-飢餓勇士大會師) ► From 12 p.m. on Feb. 2 (Sat.) to 6 p.m. on Feb 3 (Sun.) / National Stadium (國家體育場) / No. 100 Jhonghai Rd., Zuoying Dist., Kaohsiung City (高雄市左營區世運大道100號) / NT$1,000 for adults, NT$500 for students / (02) 2175-1995 / www.worldvision.org.tw

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Wubai (伍佰) strikes his signature pose in a photo promoting the 30-Hour Famine campaign, encouraging supporters to join in the famine awareness event.

(Courtesy of World Vision Taiwan)

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