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Skaneateles churches plan 6th annual 30-Hour Famine

On April 25 and 26, youth from village of Skaneateles churches will go without solid food for 30 hours. Their hunger will help raise funds and awareness for World Vision’s programs to end hunger in the world.

The youth will gather at 3:30 p.m. at St. James’ Episcopal Church (96 E. Genesee St.), with filled sponsor envelopes and their sleeping bags. Throughout the evening and the next day, they will learn more about the effects of hunger on an individual and on a society. Although World Vision’s work is global, this weekend will focus on the work being done in El Salvador, where St. James’ already has a connection through their mission trip scheduled for this summer. The famine ends with a meal at 6 p.m. Saturday.

On Saturday, at 10 a.m. in Thayer Park, the youth will face the “shantytown challenge” working to create shelters for their family groups out of cardboard and other available materials. In the afternoon, look for the youth in the community as they will host a car wash at First Presbyterian Church (97 E Genesee St.) from 1 to 2:55 p.m., and have an information station at Tops to help raise even more funding to reach their set goal of $4,200 — enough funding to feed 120 people.

There’s also some fun built into the overnight. The “Big Group Activity” will once again be held at Skaneateles United Methodist Church (26 Jordan St.) on Friday evening. And along the way, the youth have the opportunity to make some new friends who are interested in making the world a better place.

Youth interested in participating can contact Ann Sherwood at St. James’ Episcopal Church (annksherwood@gmail.com), or any youth leader at the six village churches, to request a registration form, medical consent form and sponsor envelope. There is a $20 registration fee which includes the cost of a 30 hour Famine T-shirt.

For more information about this event, visit support.worldvision.org/goto/cny.

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