Bradford on Avon teenager takes IF plea to No10
A teenager from Bradford on Avon has represented Save the Children at 10 Downing Street, as part of the Enough Food For Everyone IF campaign, as his delegation posed a question to Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
St Laurence sixth form student Chris Lauder was one of five people picked to take a petition to Downing Street as part of the UK campaign to highlight global hunger.
The 17-year-old, of Leigh Park Road, has been making YouTube films for four years and he put his hobby to good use by uploading a video on to the IF Campaign page.
He said: “I was quite shocked when I was asked to go, because, a year ago I never have thought I’d be going to Downing Street.
Charlie McDonnell is the most successful British YouTuber and he set up the IF YouTube after going to Tanzania with his mother, Lindsay, to raise awareness of the poverty there.
He said: “They chose five YouTubers to go with them, to hand in the petition which included a disc with all of the videos that had been uploaded, which apparently David Cameron watched.
“It was quite incredible to go.When you walk through the gates, everybody looks at you like, ‘What are you doing here?’”
As part of the campaign, Charlie had the opportunity to ask Microsoft billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates a question on a live stream video link.
Charlie said: “I asked him what aid he felt would be most beneficial and long-lasting in tackling hunger in areas of poverty?
“It’s something that I’d never thought I’d do. I don’t know how to describe it.
It was overwhelming.”
You can check out Bill Gate’s response once it appears on YouTube.