World Marathon Challenge 2012

On World Food Day, October 16, 2012, more than 20,000 children across 42 countries will take part in Save the Children’s Race for Survival, a global relay race to raise awareness on the urgent need to tackle child malnutrition. The children have invited politicians and celebrities to the event and strive to bring attention to governments for: a health worker in reach of every child, vaccines for all, and fighting malnutrition.

The objective of this race is to raise awareness, support and commitment to help get the world on track to help achieve Millennium Development Goal and substantially reduce the numbers of young children who die every year due to preventable causes such as diarrhea, pneumonia, malaria, and malnutrition.

Save the Children in collaboration with Google+ will also host a 12-hour ‘Great Debate’ on child survival on the Google+ hangout platform. A total of 30 panelists from 15 countries, including celebrities, politicians, civil society actors and children, will discuss ways to avoid millions of preventable child deaths.

Participating on the Great Debate from the City of Knowledge in Panama, Antonio Arias, Member Service Director for Save the Children Latin American and the Caribbean, will be moderating the panel discussion on Child Mortality in the Region, featuring spokespeople from Bolivia, Nicaragua, Mexico and Peru.

Join live the Save the Children/Google+ Great Debate through http://www.raceforsurvival.net and tweet your comments with hashtag #raceforsurvival.

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