National Famine Dates:
April 12th & 13th, 2013
Our Famine Date:
April 4/5th, 2013
So what is the 30- Hour Famine? It is an event where thousands of teens across other countries around the world participate to raise money for world hunger by fasting for 30 hours. However, individuals can raise money and fast by themselves.
During this event, for 30 hours, participants must abstain from eating food, while typically drinking only water and fruit juices. Games, fund-raisers, and other events may also take place to help educate and make students aware of world hunger, and to understand how people go without food for long periods of time.
First started at Hudson a decade ago by a small group of students who ran the first famine for a world issues project, the event has become popular with both students and staff over the years. This year the famine took place on April 4/5th and over 70 students took part.
Participating students collected donations prior to the event, which began after lunch around 1 p.m. and ended at 7 p.m. the next day. Students spent the night at the school participating in a number of activities, which this year included drama activities, musical campfire, and poster making. Again this year we prepared a huge meal at the school, which traditionally ends the fast on Friday evening.
Students Edil and Aleksandra led the student committee who organized the famine. The funds will be used by the international charitable organization World Vision to help provide water in Southeast Asia. Edil said the event is a popular one with students at the school. “The event has the ability to reach across boundaries and unite a large and diverse group of students for one common goal, which is not something you get to see every day.”
Aleksandra spoke of how simulating a situation where food is unavailable to students for an extended length of time really helps them to understand the reality of food shortages in so many countries in the world. “By the end of the event people are really beginning to feel the effects of not eating over an extended length of time and they start to get an understanding of how that can affect you over the long term.”
And from teacher Mr. Yovanny, who oversaw the famine along with Ms. Handy, Ms. Shannon and Mr. Monteith. “We are very grateful for the support we received from the school administration, and school staff, and want to thank all of the students, who once again did a great job this year.”