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Local teens to participate in 30-hour famine in Thayer Park

— Everyone knows something about world-hunger. But what can we do about it? This weekend, many kids in sixth through twelfth grade will be participating in a worldwide program called 30 Hour Famine that does try to do something about it.

This program, sponsored by World Vision, helps raise awareness of world hunger and the thousands of children that perish from it every day, and also acts as a fundraiser to help feed these children.

The 30 Hour Famine will start at 3:30 p.m. April 27 and end at 6:30 p.m. on the April 28. It is supported in the community as an ecumenical activity, headed up by Community With an Action, and many of the area churches will be represented.

Kids participating will fast from food, drinking only juices, during the 30 hours. They raise money by getting sponsors.

“During the event we will be doing some fundraising things, too,” said Colleen Smith of St. James Episcopal Church. One dollar a day is said to feed one child for a day. The goal for many of the kids will be to raise $30 to feed a child for a whole month, but kids choose their own fund-raising goals. “We try to make it meaningful. We keep them busy; [we have] lots of activities,” she said.

These activities will start at St. James at 3:30 p.m. on Friday and include educational videos about world-hunger, church services, a prayer labyrinth and meditation. There are also fun activities, some of them surprises and movies. The kids will sleep over at St. James.

On Saturday morning, they will begin their day with another service, followed by fundraising activities in the community, including sandwich-making to donate to the Samaritan Center in Syracuse, yard work and an activity in which some of the kids will build a shanty town in Thayer Park and earn donations for their creations. At the end of the day, all the kids will break their fast with a 6 p.m. meal at St. James.

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