Mo Farah has been named ambassador for Save the Children, one of the 13 UK aid agencies under the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).
The committee’s new East Africa Food Crisis Appeal is hoping to bring aid to more than 16 million people in the region on the brink of starvation and in urgent need of food, water and medical treatment.
Farah, 33, wrote on his Facebook page to announce his support behind this project.
It breaks my heart, I can’t imagine how awful it would be to watch my children not having food to eat or water to drink, but this is a reality being faced by so many parents in East Africa.”
Farah, who was born in Somalia but moved to Britain as a child, is Britain’s most successful track athlete, winning gold in the 5,000 and 10,000 metres at the London Olympics in 2012 and repeating the feat in 2016 in Rio.