Muncy High School students raise awareness for world hunger
MUNCY – On Friday evening members of the Muncy High School Key Club participated in a “Fast For Awareness” lock-in event at their school.
This event is intended to increase awareness about world hunger while providing an opportunity to be part of the solution according to Mr. Alexander, Key Club school advisor.
68 students and their chaperones began arriving at 8:30 p.m. and the doors were locked at 9 p.m. The students stayed there until 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning. During that time they had to fast for 12 hours which allowed them time to solicit sponsorships while experiencing hunger, what thousands experience everyday world wide on a regular basis. At the end of the fast, the students were rewarded with a breakfast which was served at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning.
Activities were provided to them throughout the night such as volleyball, dodge ball, movies, and music. Sleeping bags were allowed but no food or snacks. They were, however, able to drink water.
All money raised went to the World Food Program to help people during disasters, to provide school lunches for hungry children and to reduce malnutrition everywhere. “Every day almost 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes,” said Alexander. That is one child every six seconds.
The World Food Program is the food aid branch of the United Nations, and the world’s largest humanitarian organization that addresses hunger world wide. It is headquartered in Rome and feeds about 90 million people per year, 58 million of whom are children.
“The Key Club’s goal was to raise $2,000 towards the organization for our first year,” said Natalie Leonard, Vice President for the Muncy High School Key Club. “Chronic hunger is a persistent condition that can affect generations of people that face several problems that go beyond lack of food or money,” she said. “Our world is facing a hunger crisis unlike anything it has seen in more than 50 years.”
“After we counted all of the admissions and the donations made by the participants, our total came to $1,151.50. In the next couple weeks we are still collecting donations from local businesses so our final total isn’t complete yet. The event was a great success for the first year and everyone there seemed to have a ton of fun! All of the money we raised will go straight to the World Food Program, a program created by the United Nations to supply food to those in need the most,” added Leonard.