World Vision Canada

World Vision Canada

April 13, 2010 12:00 ET

Media Advisory: Thousands of Canadian Youth Participate in Global Movement to End Hunger

The World Vision 30 Hour Famine empowers youth to make a difference

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 13, 2010) -

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On April 16, more than 100,000 students from across the country will unite to raise money to help vulnerable children and families in developing countries who lack access to basic necessities like food and water. The World Vision 30 Hour Famine is a global youth movement that educates youth in an interactive and personal way, all while raising funds for community projects in developing countries. For 39 years, Canadian teens participating in the Famine have been making a real difference in a world where millions of children die of hunger each year. Participants go without food for 30 hours, so they can experience what hunger feels like first-hand.

According to Famine participant Clair Bargout her motivation was to "challenge herself to experience hunger the way millions of children do every day." She also mentioned that she liked being part of a youth movement and was glad to share this difficult experience with her friends. "Going without food for 30 hours was a struggle, particularly at the end when I felt drained and weak. I couldn't function normally. I spent the last few hours thinking only of how hungry I was and of food."

This year for the first time ever, the event will feature an online broadcast that will connect youth across the country via webcast. Famine participants will come together, coast-to-coast, at Famine.ca. They will have the ability to post messages, watch videos and interact with other youth. Canadian celebrity rock band Faber Drive are joining 2010 Juno nominees Danny Fernandes, LIGHTS and Shiloh to encourage youth throughout Canada to sign-up and do the World Vision 30 Hour Famine and will be participating in the online broadcast on Friday night.

WHAT: Famine event- national broadcast over the Internet
WHEN: Friday, April, 16, 2010
TIME: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST
WHERE: Famine.ca

"The World Vision 30 Hour Famine is a global youth movement that gives youth an avenue to make a difference," says T.J. Grant, manager, 30 Hour Famine. "We want students to know that by working together we can make a tangible different in the lives of millions living without food, water and shelter. We want to equip them with the tools and understanding they need and empower them to rise to the change."

Famine funding will continue to support on-going efforts to eradicate hunger, poverty and injustice around the world. Last year, youth raised $4 million through the World Vision 30 Hour Famine. This year the goal is to raise $5 million across Canada.

For information regarding the World Vision 30 Hour Famine please visit the Famine newsroom at www.worldvision.ca/30hrfaminenews to access background information, stories, social media links as well as video clips and photographs to download.

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