The Fenton Team participating in a volunteer neighbourhood clean up day in their community.
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We spoke to Chris Fenton and the team about what motivates them to support Action Against Hunger’s work in a new series: Hunger Heroes.
When did you get involved with Action Against Hunger?
We began donating to Action Against Hunger in the beginning of 2016. We make a fixed donation for every home we sell in a given year.
What inspires you to give to Action Against Hunger?
Corporate Social Responsibility is fundamental to who we are as people. We feel it is our responsibility to give back to people who are less fortunate than us. At the beginning of 2016, our leadership sat down to decide on a new charity plan for our company. We asked ourselves who needed help the most. We decided that the fact that people, and specifically children, are starving in the world is unacceptable to us. Once we decided what we wanted our donations to go towards, we began doing research on who could use that money most effectively. It took us very little time to decide on Action Against Hunger.
Why does the issue of malnutrition and hunger matter to you?
First and foremost I’m a human being. The fact that there is an epidemic of obesity in parts of the world, while in other parts, there is an epidemic of starvation is something I find particularly hard to accept. As a father of two small children, child malnutrition and starvation hits especially close to home for me. I would do anything to protect my children, and my heart goes out to parents who are unable to provide the basic necessities of existence on this planet.
In your opinion, what is the most important work that this organization does?
The work you all do in Canada is great. But, the work you do in the most under-serviced areas of the world is what I find most inspiring about Action Against Hunger.
Of what contribution or achievement are you most proud?
I’m not proud of our contribution to fighting hunger, it’s literally the very least we could do. It is the people working in the field of whom I’m proud. I suppose if we are able to help inspire other companies like our own to begin to give to this important issue, I would be proud of that.