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Students Endure 30-hour Famine to Help Starving Children

“So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.” Ezra 8:23

Scores of Trinity students will be going without food this week during the 30-hour “famine” to raise awareness that

  • each day 29,000 children die of starvation.
  • more than 852 million people are malnourished.
  • 400 million people worldwide have died from hunger and poor sanitation in the last 50 years.

Through the event Be Seen, Be Heard, Be Hungry, students hope to also raise $700 for the sponsorship of three children for a full year through the organization World Vision. The sale of T-shirts with the event logo and bracelets will help raise the necessary funds. T-shirts cost $8; bracelets are $1 and available for sale in the cafeteria entrance.

Students participating will be allowed to drink water and natural fruit juices during the “famine,” which will begin Wednesday, April 9, at 5:30 p.m. and end Thursday, April 10, at 11:30 p.m. with a breaking fast feast.

Many campus organizations are coming together to support the event and provide a variety of activities, including devotions during what would be regular meal times and a prayer walk along Trinity Trail.

Check the event itinerary here.

Lauren Buehler ’10 of Woburn, Massachusetts, co-president of the Acting on Aids chapter with Maddy Manden ’10 or Roselle, Illinois, said that by taking part in the event students are “fighting for children and fighting for people to pay attention” to this issue, which often seems far removed from life here.

Student Katie Faber ’10 of New Lenox, Illinois, said, “Participating in the 30-hour famine will be humbling, especially when you realize that there are millions of people who experience it every day of their lives.”

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