Inspirational Olympian turned childhood hunger advocate to address Maine CUs' 2017 Ending Hunger Results Event

January 25, 2018

Just two days before the 30th anniversary of his first appearance as a member of the first-ever Jamaican Bobsled Team in the Winter Olympics, Devon Harris, who was part of the story that inspired the blockbuster film, Cool Runnings, and now has a foundation to help support children including hunger, will speak at the Maine CUs 2017 Ending Hunger Results Event.

The 2017 Maine CUs' Ending Hunger Results Luncheon is promising to be another memorable and star-studded event.  This year's keynote speaker is Devon Harris, a member of the first-ever Jamaican Olympic Bobsled team, which inspired the blockbuster Disney film, Cool Runnings.  Today, Harris and his foundation 'Keep on Pushing' is focused on helping support and enhance the education of kids in disadvantaged communities around the globe including fighting childhood hunger.  Harris will share his inspirational story and message at this year's Luncheon on Tuesday, February 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Double Tree Hotel in South Portland.

"Cool Runnings was such a positive story, and Devon Harris' commitment to giving back is rooted in that story and where he came from.  His support of childhood hunger in his native country and in a growing number of schools ties into many of the efforts that the Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger is involved in including being a leader in the school backpack and school food pantry program in Maine.  Having him here just a few days before the start of the Winter Olympics, 30 years after he first competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics, makes it even more exciting," stated Joann Bisson, Chair of the Maine CU League's Social Responsibility Committee, which coordinates the Campaign.

Harris will also help to announce the total raised by the Maine CUs' Campaign for Ending Hunger in 2017.  "We'll have to wait to see what that is until the Luncheon," remarked Jon Paradise, Vice President of Public Affairs and Engagement at the League.

Since 1990, the Maine CUs' Campaign for Ending Hunger has raised and distributed more than $7.2 million to help end hunger in Maine.