Track & Field
9-time U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Carl Lewis to Travel to Haiti
- Friday, June 10, 2011 6:31 PM
UNITED NATIONS, USA - Nine-time Olympic gold medalist and candidate for a New Jersey State Senate Seat, Carl Lewis, is planning a trip to the island of Quisqueya where he will meet Dominican and Haitian leaders and visit forestry and agricultural projects.
The American track star, will be traveling as an advocate for the United Nations who is also a designated Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) . On his trip he will highlight the International Year of Forests in the Dominican Republic. This trip is part of a year-long celebration to raise awareness of the valuable role of forests.
Carl Lewis will also spotlight a global campaign by FAO to end hunger known as âThe 1billionhungry project,â through which people can voice their outrage about world hunger by adding their names to an online petition. The campaign uses a yellow whistle as an icon encouraging people to blow the whistle against this global scourge.
During his visit to Haiti, which begins on 13 June, Mr. Lewis will see first-hand an FAO project aimed at stabilizing the soil and forests in the mountains near the epicenter of the devastating January 2010 earthquake.
Haiti is one of the most deforested countries in the world, according to FAO, with only 2 per cent of forest cover left. Deforestation in Haiti makes the country extremely vulnerable to flash floods and landslides.
Carl Lewis, the State Senate hopeful, is seeking the 8th Legislative District senate seat now held by Republican Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego.
On Wednesday Carl Lewis won the Democratic nomination to New Jersey's 8th Senate district. but he is fighting off complaints from the opposing party which say the track and field star voted in California in 2009, and they point to four-year state residency requirements.
Lewisâ lawyer Bill Tambussi says the Olympianâs primary residence is in Medford, NJ, and that the political residency requirements are both âunconstitutional and unenforceable.â
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Source: UN News Centre , WNYC