30-hours of hunger

Raissa Tetanish
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Students to get glimpse of world hunger

AMHERST - Eighty students at Amherst Regional High School will soon be going 30 hours without food to see what others in third world countries deal with on a daily basis.

The students, from Grades 10 through 12, will participate in World Vision's 30 Hour Famine starting around 3 p.m. on April 13. They'll survive on water and juice until 9 p.m. April 14, all to raise money in support of World Vision.

"I think it's a great idea to show others that we are very lucky to have what we have," said Candice Porter, a Grade 11 student who has been instrumental in getting the event started. "Not a lot of people have what we have here."

So far, Candice has gotten about $60 in pledges, all of which are from family members. She's hoping to go door-to-door, aiming to raise in the hundreds.

Not only have Candice and classmate Erin McSorley generated the interest in the 30 Hour Famine but they've also been helping gather supplies.

"It's been complicated, just trying to get all the stuff through World Vision," Candice said. Candice initially heard about the 30 Hour Famine through student council where she sits as the teen health centre committee head.

Nadine Campbell, social worker at the high school who is overseeing the event, said the response from the students has been overwhelming.

"We've had an unprecedented amount of participation," said Campbell, adding that roughly 175 students wanted to participate originally, but the decision was made for safety and chaperone reasons to close the doors on the Grade 9 students.

"The reasoning is they have more years of school left where, if there were a 30 Hour Famine, they could participate," she said.

rtetanish@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: World Vision, Amherst Regional High School

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