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Strombo Named UN’s Canadian Ambassador Against Hunger

In ::TOP STORIES on March 17, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Source: www.thestar.com – Raju Mudhar

(March 15, 2011) CBC host George Stroumboulopoulos is joining the battle against world hunger as the first Canadian to be named an ambassador against hunger as part of the United Nations World Food Program.


The announcement was made Tuesday night on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, where Stephen Lewis, a former UN special envoy for HIV/AIDS, was a guest.

Other celebrity ambassadors include actresses Drew Barrymore and Susan Sarandon, and singer Christina Aguilera.

Stroumboulopoulos was given the title after a visit to Pakistan last month, where the UN program is engaged in feeding people after last year’s devastating floods.

A TV special documenting his trip will air April 1 on CBC.

“I’m excited to be a part of it,” said Stroumboulopoulos, whose charity work includes supporting the UN’s online donation site, WeFeedback.org.

“In any situation like this there’s all kinds of work being done on the ground by all kinds of people and so somebody in my position, all I really get to do is shine the light on work that’s already being done and hopefully use the position I have with the television show and a radio show to garner some interest.”

During the taping of Stroumboulopoulos’s show, Lewis derided some celebrities “like the Bob Geldofs” for exploiting humanitarian efforts for personal gain.

“You can never tell,” Lewis told reporters later, of a celebrity’s commitment to the cause.

“In the UNICEF history, the great ambassadors were Audrey Hepburn and Danny Kaye and all of the current and contemporary people you wonder about. But then you have the Michael Douglases and you have the Angelina Jolies, and you have people who are bringing profile to issues which really need the profile and that, I suspect, will be where George comes in.”

Lewis praised the 38-year-old broadcaster for being forthright and direct.

“My feeling is that George is going to make an impact. This is a significant thing for the world food program to have done in Canada. People will be moved and they will get involved.”

With files from The Canadian Press