World Vision Canada

World Vision Canada

March 25, 2009 14:52 ET

35 Million Children Could be Pushed Deeper Into Poverty, What Will You do About it?

World Vision urges Canadian youth to join the World Vision 30 Hour Famine and make global hunger personal

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 25, 2009) -

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The global food crisis could push 35 million children deeper into poverty, World Vision says. Preventing child hunger and malnutrition must be everyone's top priority in response to the global food crisis. World Vision believes that youth can make a difference and make global hunger personal by participating in the World Vision 30 Hour Famine event this April 3-4, 2009.

The World Vision 30 Hour Famine is in its 38th year and is Canada's longest running youth event. This unique event educates youth in an interactive and personal way, all while raising funds for community projects in developing countries. Canadian teens are making a real difference in a world where millions of children die of hunger each year.

Participants go without food for 30 hours, experiencing what hunger feels like first-hand. During the 30 hours, participants learn about poverty, hunger and injustice. Last year, thousands of youth across Canada chose to participate in this event, raising $4.5 million for nutrition, food security, education and child rights programs.

This year more than 100,000 Canadian youth are expected to participate and their goal is to raise $5 million for projects in countries hardest hit by the global food crisis. Joining them in their challenge is Canadian rock star, Suzie McNeil. Suzie participated in the World Vision 30 Hour Famine when she was a teen and after having just returned from a World Vision trip to Zambia, is dedicated to using her experience to help motivate and inspire teens to get involved.

The 30 Hour Famine started in 1971 with a group of Calgary teens who held a fast, moved to action by TV images of a famine in Africa. The event now involves youth in 21 countries annually. There are hundreds of locations across Canada doing the 30 Hour Famine. To find the nearest location or to learn how to become a Famine group leader and organize a Famine group, please visit Famine.ca.

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"The World Vision 30 Hour Famine is proof that Canadian youth want to make a difference. 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 initiative."

Esther Park, 30 Hour Famine Coordinator

Who is World Vision?

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 WorldVision.ca.

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