Going hungry for a cause

Amber Nicholson
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KINKORA - Graduating Kinkora Regional High School students got a taste of hunger recently when they participated in World Vision's international movement to fight world hunger.
During the months of February and April, students from around the world host 30 Hour Famine Days at their schools as a way to raise money and awareness for world hunger.
"The cafeteria never smelled so good," said Grade 12 student Parker Baglole, about his 30-hour fasting experience.

KINKORA - Graduating Kinkora Regional High School students got a taste of hunger recently when they participated in World Vision's international movement to fight world hunger.
During the months of February and April, students from around the world host 30 Hour Famine Days at their schools as a way to raise money and awareness for world hunger.
"The cafeteria never smelled so good," said Grade 12 student Parker Baglole, about his 30-hour fasting experience.
Students began their fasting at midnight on Thursday. They spent the day in school Friday with hungry bellies sucking on Popsicles and sipping on water to remain hydrated.
"During silent reading I could hear my stomach growling," famine participant Craig Flood admitted. "It was hard to concentrate."
On Friday night students had a sleepover party to ensure no one succumbed to temptation. They watched a documentary sent to them by World Vision showing the purpose of the 30-hour movement.
Students distracted themselves by making team T-shirts to wear as they participated in games and sports throughout the night. One team fittingly named themselves "The Hungry Hippos."
Students were treated to muffins Saturday morning to celebrate their success.
Audrey Grady said participating in the famine made her realize that she takes food for granted.
"We just go and grab something out of the cupboard," she said. "We don't even think about it."
Grade 12 students at KRHS host the event annually as part of their graduate activities. Thirty-two students participated in the famine raising more than $1,100. Jalesa LeBel was the student who raised the most, earning $140 in pledges. All students raised a minimum of $20.
In 2009, more than $10 million was raised internationally providing a year's worth of food and care for nearly 32,000 children. The money aids starving youth in about 100 different countries including Mozambique, Swaziland and North Korea.
Several other Island schools will participate in the international movement this week, including Three Oaks Senior High and Bluefield High School.

Organizations: Kinkora Regional High School, World Vision

Geographic location: Mozambique, North Korea, Iceland

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