60,000 teens go hungry to fight poverty

  • More than 60,000 Canadian youth will participate in the World Vision 30 Hour Famine on April 8-9, 2011.
  • Money raised will support long-term development projects to end hunger, poverty and injustice around the world.
  • Youth will go without food for 30 hours to know what hunger feels like and raise money to fight poverty.
  • For information about the World Vision 30 Hour Famine visit the World Vision newsroom at www.worldvision.ca/newsroom to access background information, stories, social media links and high-res images.

MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 7 /CNW/ - On April 8-9, more than 60,000 Canadian teens will participate in the World Vision 30 Hour Famine. They will challenge poverty and injustice on behalf of the world's most vulnerable children by raising money and building awareness of issues children face around the world.

"For 40 years, Canadian youth have battled global poverty through the World Vision 30 Hour Famine," says World Vision's T.J. Grant "Canadian teens understand that fighting childhood poverty is a priority. Youth are making it their personal goal to do something now - and through the Famine are motivating friends, families and communities to get involved."

30 Hour Famine groups across the country are making a global impact. Participants raise money, go hungry for 30 hours and attend local events to celebrate the change they are making in other countries.

Money raised supports World Vision's long-term development efforts to eradicate child hunger, preventable illness, poverty and injustice around the world. The 30 Hour Famine will provide assistance in countries including: Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Niger, the Philippines, Rwanda, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Groups can direct their funds to a specific cause, choosing food & nutrition, clean water, child protection or education.

Many Canadian celebrities including Dan Hamhuis, Danny Fernandes, FaberDrive, LIGHTS and These Kids Wear Crowns will support Canadian youth doing the 2011 30 Hour Famine.

The 30 Hour Famine is the world's largest youth event to fight poverty and hunger. It began in Canada in 1971 when a group of Calgary teens held a fast after they were moved to action by images of a famine in Africa. Today, more than 500,000 youth in 21 countries participate in the 30 Hour Famine annually.

Visit www.Famine.ca for more information, and to support or take part in the 30 Hour Famine.

Key Facts about the World Vision 30 Hour Famine:

  • 60,000 Canadian Youth Participating
  • Expected to raise over $4.65 million in Canada
  • Money raised will support long-term development projects in 18 countries

SOURCE World Vision Canada

For further information:

For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Genevieve Handler Barber
905-565-6200 ext. 2176


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