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G8 must act on aid and maternal health: Media Breakfast with actor Bill Nighy

G8 must act on aid and maternal health: Media Breakfast with actor Bill Nighy

June 18, 2010

WHAT: Bill Nighy, actor and Oxfam Global Ambassador, will speak out against broken aid promises on June 24 at a media breakfast in Toronto ahead of this year’s G8 summit. G8 countries are expected to fall $20 billion short of the $50 billion extra aid they promised in 2005 at the Gleneagles G8.

Malawian nurse and activist Dorothy Ngoma will join Nighy in calling for urgent action to improve health services for mothers-to-be and prevent the deaths of 350,000 women and girls who die in pregnancy and childbirth each year.

WHO: Nighy, star of Love Actually and Pirates of the Caribbean and the upcoming Harry Potter finale, has a long-track record of campaigning on global poverty and has seen firsthand how aid improves lives through his work with Oxfam. He attended the 2008 G8 in Japan and is a leading figure in the UK campaign for a Robin Hood tax on financial transactions. (See the video here:

Ngoma, executive Director of the National Organization of Nurses and Midwives of Malawi, has 32 years of experience working as a nurse, training nurses and advocating on behalf of nurses in Malawi.

The event will be moderated by Robert Fox, Executive Director of Oxfam Canada

WHEN:          Wednesday, June 24, 2010 9 a.m.

WHERE:        Roof Salon at the Park Hyatt Hotel – 4 Avenue Road, Toronto, Canada

Space is limited. To reserve a place at the breakfast and/or arrange an interview please email: 

For further information:
Karen Palmer +1 613 240 3047 or +1 647 381 9247 


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