29-year-old Hannah Okunlola donned a George Osborne mask and joined 500 other campaigners in Parliament Square yesterday to petition the government.
‘I’ve just returned from volunteering in Rwanda, with the Christian relief and development agency Tearfund, where I saw the effects of hunger and malnutrition first-hand,’ explains Hannah. ‘This motivated me to join with others to voice my concern through the nationwide IF campaign.
‘I’m so thankful that the government has confirmed today that 0.7 per cent of the national income will go to lifesaving aid, stopping children dying from hunger.’
Hannah volunteered in Rwanda as part of the government-funded International Citizen Service (ICS) which allows young people aged 18-25 to contribute to long-term projects in developing countries.
‘My time in Rwanda has given me greater understanding about how our actions in the UK can affect people in developing countries,’ says Hannah. ‘I’m now committed to making a difference, both in small ways, like buying fairly traded food, but also in bigger ways, like speaking out on behalf of those in need.’
To find out more about ICS go to www.tearfund.org/ics