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30-hour famine to raise money, awareness

ONU Students will participate in the 30-Hour Famine to raise money and awareness to fight against world hunger. (photo/ campcarolwood.org)

What is the longest you have ever gone without eating? 6 hours? 12 hours? 24 hours? How about 30 hours? That’s how long over 35 students here on campus will be going without food this weekend. On Friday and Saturday Nov. 8 and 9 ONU students will be participating in a 30-hour famine to raise money and awareness for hunger through World Vision.

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization that works with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice. Money raised during the famine helps give children food and clean water supplies. It also goes to help teach people in Africa how to use self-sustaining farming practices.

All of ONU's religious organizations have been raising money over the past couple of months leading up to the famine. One such group is Northern Christian Fellowship. This campus organization has raised over $130 for the famine so far and has had members of its leadership team participate in various activities, such as being pied in the face and having a member's head shaved, when the group reached certain dollar amounts.

During the 30 hour-famine, students will participate in many different activities to pass the time and raise hunger awareness. At 5:30 p.m. on Friday students will kick off the famine by painting ONU's new spirit rock. Afterwards, students will go to the chapel for games and a movie. This is a time to encourage each other and hang out with others participating in the famine and will conclude around midnight. On Saturday morning the group will meet at the chapel around 9 a.m. to do a service project that will most likely involve volunteering with the Ada music festival.

On Saturday afternoon, students will have the opportunity to participate in a scavenger hunt followed by a small worship and devotional service in the chapel. The famine will wind down with a group discussion to hear people's feedback about their experience during the famine. Following this discussion time, everyone will go to the Ada Presbyterian Church for a spaghetti dinner that the church is providing.

The 30-hour famine is an event that Junior Engineering Education major Graham Fennell organized and wanted to bring to campus. Graham participated in a famine in high school. He has wanted to have one here at ONU since his freshman year but just didn't know how.

Graham says, "I saw how all the chapel organizations worked independently of each other, and I thought if we were united we could do so much more. So I saw the 30-hour famine as a step in that direction. Now, since I am an officer for multiple organizations, I thought it would be possible. I want to see a stronger, more united body on ONU's campus." He also says that the 30-hour famine is a great cause that builds stronger community with the people around you.

If you are interested in participating in the 30-hour famine, you can sign up on GetConnectedONU or you can email Graham Fennell at g-fennell@onu.edu. You can sign up all the way up until the event and even participate if you don't get a chance to sign up.