01 NOV 2002 General News

Debbie Ferguson selected to list of UN FAO Ambassadors

Debbie Ferguson celebrates Commonwealth Games win (Getty Images)Debbie Ferguson celebrates Commonwealth Games win (Getty Images) © Copyright

Bahamian triple Commonwealth Games sprint champion Debbie Ferguson, has been appointed an FAO (UN Food and Agriculture Organization) Ambassador at World Food Day 2002.

Using their talents and influence, a number of celebrities have joined the campaign to end world hunger together with FAO. By becoming FAO Ambassadors, they have committed themselves personally and professionally to address the universal humanitarian issues that underpin FAO’s mission – to build a food-secure world for present and future generations.

"We should not only treasure what we have now. We should also help others obtain what they should have," said Ferguson who is also an Olympic sprint relay gold medallist.

Ms Ferguson, a renowned sprinter, who was voted “outstanding female athlete” of this year’s Commonwealth Games, has dedicated years of her life to improving the health, education and quality of life for people in her country, especially for underprivileged women and children. Her charity work includes raising funds for orphanages and Homes for the Aged in Nassau, visiting children at local hospitals and supporting feeding programmes for the elderly.

FAO currently has 15 Ambassadors: singers Magida Al Roumi, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Al Bano Carrisi, Gilberto Gil, Mory Kanté, Miriam Makeba, Youssou N'Dour, Massimo Ranieri and Dionne Warwick, actresses Gong Li and Gina Lollobrigida, athletes Roberto Baggio and Debbie Ferguson, Nobel Prize winner Rita Levi Montalcini and the Italian Singers’ Soccer Team.

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