by Public Relations Office
Cedarville, Ohio—More than 35 Cedarville University students hope to raise money for the world’s needy by participating in World Vision’s annual 30-Hour Famine. From 6 a.m. on March 30 to noon on March 31, participants will ingest only water and fruit juice to help raise awareness of and funds for the world’s hungry. Participants ask family, friends, and neighbors to sponsor them with pledges as they go without food for 30 hours. The funds raised will be used to help break the cycle of hunger and poverty through World Vision’s emergency relief efforts and long-term development projects in countries such as Tanzania, Peru, and the United States. The participants will hold a lock-in from midnight on March 30 through 7:30 a.m. on March 31 for a time of praise and worship, prayer, and sharing information on specific needy people groups and countries. The event is co-sponsored on campus by the honors organization Tau Delta Kappa (TDK) and the social work organization Epsilon Alpha Pi. “31,000 children die every day from hunger and other problems,” said Sabrina Springer, TDK publicity committee member. “That means that every time you take a breath, a child dies from hunger-related causes.” “We’ve decided that rather than holding our breath, we should do something about it,” TDK President Kimberly Eridon added. “We know that through the 30-Hour Famine, we can change the lives of some of these children.” Here’s what donations can do: $3 can help provide a school meal to a student in Kenya. $8 can provide an education for a child in Mongolia for one month. $30 can re-roof an entire home in Tanzania. $45 can provide one year of medical care for a former street child in Mexico City. Last year, more than 600,000 young people across the United States raised more than $9 million through sponsor pledges. Worldwide, similar Famine efforts involved more than 1.2 million participants in 21 countries who collectively raised more than $22 million to fight hunger through World Vision projects. World Vision is the largest privately-funded nonprofit Christian relief and development organization in the world and is working in 88 countries through more than 2,900 projects. Participants also plan a canned food drive for a food pantry in the village of Cedarville on March 30. Students will go door-to-door in Cedarville from 3:30 - 6 p.m. collecting non-perishable foods and canned goods. Persons from other communities wishing to make donations can bring their bagged items to the Stevens Student Center Information Desk during that time. (Please indicate to the receptionist that the donations are for the 30-Hour Famine.) Anyone interested in participating in World Vision’s 30-Hour Famine or in making a donation to a Famine participant can contact Eridon at 937-766-4417 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about World Vision, call 1-800-7-FAMINE or visit www.30hourfamine.org. Contact Betsy Nelson at 937-766-4419 for more information about the canned food drive.