Tonight the NFL season kicks off with the last two Super Bowl champions facing off — the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints. Green Bay is fresh off its victory over the 6-time Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers. Aaron Rodgers is now established as one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL.
Saints QB Drew Brees is again leading the Saints prolific offense. But this former Purdue grad has already been taking the lead on famine relief for East Africa.
Brees has partnered with the UN World Food Programme, raising awareness of the plight of millions of starving people in East Africa. Massive drought in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and other parts of the region has caused severe food shortages, putting over 12 million people at risk of starvation.
Brees made a special famine relief poster available at the World Food Programme’s (WFP) web site. There is also a Drew Brees and WFP fundraising page set up for East Africa. This is a great way for football fans and teams to get involved and help East Africa through its hunger crisis.
Football teams at any level are encouraged to display the famine relief banner at games and on team web sites, etc. Fans and teams can do things, like pledge donations per each touchdown or any type of fundraising ideas to help WFP, which relies on voluntary donations to feed the hungry.
The football community can do great things to help East Africa recover from this great crisis and write another chapter in the American epic of humanitarianism.