On the face of it, a dinner in a beautiful private house in Clerkenwell, with superb food cooked by one of the River Café’s head chefs, Danny Bohan, and wines chosen by head sommelier Emily O’Hare, might seem an odd way to publicise an event that’s all about hunger.
Except that if people who love good food and wine can’t summon up sympathy for those who don’t have enough, then there’s even more wrong with the world than I thought.
Nobody is denying us privileged types the right to eat as much culatello or risotto as we like; it is simply that, as Stan Lee almost put it in Spiderman, with great luck comes great responsibility.
One of Save the Children’s clearest and most powerful messages is that the world produces enough food for everyone – but not everyone has enough food.
Enough Food For Everyone BUT
That’s the fundamental impetus behind the Big IF event this Saturday 8 June, where everyone who can reach London and who cares that children die of hunger, or grow up stunted through malnutrition, is encouraged to come to Hyde Park and make the kind of noise that the G8 leaders meeting 10 days later can’t ignore.
If you can’t come, you can either show up in Belfast on 15 June or send us your twitter or Facebook profile pic and a message of support to beam out on screens at the events.
In this country, most of us have a fantastic choice of what we put in our mouths. We have an even bigger choice of what comes out of those mouths. So let’s make a noise, make our presence felt, and try to end hunger in this generation. That really will be something to shout about.