Canadian students changing the world
Thousands of Canadian students do the World Vision 30 Hour Famine each year.
By giving up something for 30 hours (food, texting, furniture, whatever they decide to go without), students are intentionally engaging in and fighting issues that millions of children face every day. The students increase awareness in their communities about conditions in developing countries, while choosing an important cause to support.
Students choose which of 17 projects they want to fund, and tackle some of the root causes of poverty in Canada and around the world.
A Canadian history
In February 1971, 17-year-old Ruth Roberts and 14 friends staged a “starve-in” in a church basement in Calgary to draw attention to the plight of African children suffering during a continent-wide famine. “We chose to stop eating for a day and a half so we could understand, even in a small way, what those children were experiencing,” recalls Roberts.
The group raised $600 for World Vision to help victims of famine and created a small splash when a local TV station interviewed Roberts. The annual event caught on and soon youth groups and schools were participating across Canada. In the early 1980s, with World Vision’s support, the 30 Hour Famine became an international fundraiser.
The Famine is now held in 15 countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.
For images, video, information, interviews or to get in touch with students in
your area doing the 30 Hour Famine:
Genevieve Handler Barber
905-565-6200 ext. 2168