805 Million Names – Zlatan Ibrahimović

“On 14 February 2015, Paris Saint-German played against Caen at Parc des Princes. For most players this game was just another day on the job. For Zlatan Ibrahimović this was his most important game to date.

Underneath his sweater he had 50 new names tattooed. Names of people he’d never met, but still wanted to keep close. Names of some of the 805 million people suffering from hunger today.

These people don’t often make the front page, yet hunger and malnutrition are the number one risk to health worldwide — greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.

This is a campaign from the World Food Programme, the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. In emergencies, they get food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. WFP is part of the United Nations system and is voluntarily funded.

On average, WFP reaches more than 80 million people with food assistance in 75 countries each year. About 11,500 people work for the organisation, most of them in remote areas, serving the hungry.

Support The United Nations World Food Programme and Zlatan Ibrahimović’s fight against hunger at http://WFP.org/805millionnames “

Music: Jónsi – Tornado

What an inspiration: Zlatan to me has always been a guy that likes to joke and play around but when the time comes to be serious, he is one that will never shy away. On the field and off the field, he makes his mark known. I’m hoping one day I can achieve even a small percentage of what he is doing. If you’d like to help out locally here’s a small list of organizations that help out the less fortunate here in Montreal:

Centraide of Greater Montreal: www.centraide-mtl.org 

Dans La Rue: www.danslarue.com

The People’s Potato: www.peoplespotato.com