EPFL to visit EU-founded FAO Projects in Burkina Faso



Nyon, 11 March 2011 – A delegation of high representatives of the Association of European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) is travelling next Sunday to Burkina Faso to visit EU-funded FAO humanitarian crisis projects, within the framework of the successful Campaign “Professional Football Against Hunger”. During the two-day visit, the EPFL delegation will visit several projects and contact the local population and institutions, both in rural and peri-urban areas, in an effort to raise awareness of the international community and restore the self reliance of people affected by the 2010 food emergency caused by drought and torrential rain the Sahel area.

The delegation, leaded by Sir David Richards and Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros, respectively Chairman and CEO of the EPFL, will count with the participation of Hristo Stoichkov, European Footballer of the Year 1994 and Ambassador of the Campaign, and Stefan Kapralov, President of the Bulgarian Professional Football League.

Representing the 30 largest European Professional Football Leagues and almost 950 clubs, the EPFL joined FAO at the forefront of the fight against global hunger and poverty in 2008, launching a “Professional Football Against Hunger” campaign. Recently, both organisations were teamed up by the world’s largest humanitarian donor, the European Union – Humanitarian Aid (EU), as a new partner to bring the unacceptable level of hunger under the attention of European citizens.

The Field Visit will be followed by a Press Conference, organised at the Hotel Azalai of Burkina Faso’s Capital City, Ouagadougou, next Monday, 14 March 2011, at 16:00 (local time).

Note from the editor

Professional Football Against Hunger: Close to 1 billion people in the world are victims of hunger. Football, with its worldwide appeal and the power to engage massive audiences can inspire people to team up and help those in need. Now Europe is joining hands under the framework of the “Professional Football Against Hunger” campaign. Together with the Association of European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the European Union – Humanitarian Aid (EU) engages in football-related initiatives to raise awareness for the fight against hunger. www.europeanleagues.com/fao

EPFL: The Association of European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) is a non-profit sporting organisation dedicated to constructively represent the common views of the major 30 Leagues and more than 950 Clubs across Europe – all Clubs, regardless of the sporting or economic dimensions. It gives the Leagues a forum and a platform to decide how best to deal the questions facing the modern world of sport and business. The Association embodies the common voice of Professional Football Leagues. Fostering co-operation, friendly relations and unity between all its Members Leagues and Associate Members, and exploring joint synergies with football authorities and relevant stakeholders, it aims to positively transform and add significant value to the football fabric of Europe. . www.europeanleagues.com

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