Student Organization Profile: 30 Hour Famine
Students at Alma College are starving to make a difference.
30 Hour Famine, an international youth movement sponsored by World Vision International, was brought to campus last year through the leadership of Jim Allen '09. After Allen graduated, Noelle Evans, a St. Clair junior, was determined to continue the event.
“It was important to me that this becomes an annual event,” says Evans. “We have a committee of about 15 volunteers who help plan the event.”
By committing to the movement, students were responsible for fundraising until after Thanksgiving break.
“A dollar will feed a child for a day, so we’re asking each student to raise $60. Overall, our goal is to raise $4,000,” says Evans.
Last year, the group raised about $3,300. The money raised provides food, clean water and other resources for impoverished people in developing countries. Fifteen percent of the funds also go to people in the United States.
Students also had the opportunity to fast, though juice was allowed, for 30 hours on Nov. 20-21 to experience the hunger that a billion people in the world experience daily.
“It’s a very cool experience. During the 30 hours, we have fun activities set up for students who are fasting, and we provide juice at all of our events,” says Evans.
The group also brought in a guest speaker from World Vision International.