Canadian teens go without food, so others won't

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 3 /CNW/ - Today, nearly 100,000 Canadian youth are
abstaining from food for 30 hours as part of the World Vision 30 Hour Famine,
a youth-action campaign that teaches teens about global issues while raising
funds to fight hunger, poverty and injustice.
    This year the 30 Hour Famine is focused on the global food crisis and its
ongoing threat to vulnerable children and families in developing countries.
With food and fuel prices rising, the effects of the global crisis are many,
especially in countries already suffering from conflict, poverty and HIV and
AIDS. Canadian teens want to make a difference and have chosen the 30 Hour
Famine as the way to make that difference.
    "The World Vision 30 Hour Famine is proof that Canadian youth want to
make a difference," says Esther Park, event coordinator for World Vision.
"Preventing child hunger and malnutrition must be everyone's top priority in
response to the global food crisis. Canadian youth are doing their part in
motivating their friends, families and communities to get involved in this
    The World Vision 30 Hour Famine is proudly supported by high profile
individuals like Faber Drive, Sidney Crosby, Sam Roberts, Brian Melo, Jeffrey
Buttle, Jay Baruchel and Rick Campanelli. Suzie McNeil has also joined proud
supporters of the Famine. She recently went to Zambia with World Vision to
learn more about how Canadians are helping impoverished children and families
through initiatives like the World Vision 30 Hour Famine.
    Last year, youth raised $4.5 million through this national campaign. This
year the goal is to raise $5 million across Canada. World Vision is calling on
youth to join in the fight against hunger and participate in the World Vision
30 Hour Famine. To learn more about how to participate, please visit By doing the World Vision 30 Hour Famine and raising funds for
community projects in developing countries, Canadian teens will make a real
difference in a world where millions of children die of hunger each year.

    World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization
dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome
poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion,
race, ethnicity or gender. For more information, please visit

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview, contact: Corina
Chevalier, (905) 565-6200 ext. 3899,; Karen
Flores, (905) 565-6200 ext. 3497,

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