Tamim Iqbal has been appointed National Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations World Food Programme in Bangladesh, informed the organization in a press release on Monday.
The one-day international captain of Bangladesh cricket team and leading batsman Tamim expressed his delight after receiving the prestigious mantle.
‘I am honoured to be named National Goodwill Ambassador for WFP - the United Nations agency that fights hunger worldwide, including my own country Bangladesh,’ Tamim was quoted saying it in the WFP press release.
Tamim, a known avid philanthropist, took various initiatives to provide support to many struggling people of the country in the ongoing crisis and hoped to extend a helping hand to more people in his new role.
‘While Bangladesh has made impressive economic growth in the recent years, poverty is still rampant, especially in rural parts of the country. For many, the current COVID-19 crisis is making their lives much more challenging.
‘I hope to do my part to help WFP fight hunger and restore hope for families and communities that need our support’.
Richard Ragan, country representative and director for WFP Bangladesh also expressed his delight to have an Iconic player like Tamim as their goodwill ambassador,
‘As an accomplished athlete, beloved by many both inside and outside Bangladesh, Tamim brings with him not only his popularity and reach, but his incredible work ethic, compassion and humanitarian spirit. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have him joining our WFP family.’
WFP has been working in Bangladesh since 1974 and has helped more than 155 million vulnerable and food-insecure people. In 2019, WFP provided assisted more than 1.7 million people in Bangladesh.
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