MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Poverty is rocking headlines around the world, and Canadian celebrities are doing something about it. In April many of Canada's biggest names will go hungry for change as they do the World Vision 30 Hour Famine with students across the country. Along with 60,000 Canadian teens, they will fast for thirty hours, raising money to fight the root causes of poverty. The roster of stars includes recording artists LIGHTS, Danny Fernandes, Neverest, These Kids Wear Crowns and Faber Drive along with hockey players P.K. Subban and Dan Hamhuis and actor Jodelle Ferland.
The 30 Hour Famine is the world's longest running and largest youth fundraiser to fight poverty. It started in Canada more than 40 years ago. This year more than half a million students around the world will engage in poverty issues while raising money to support World Vision's long-term development work.
Each star will go hungry for one of four causes - food, water, education and safety. Fans can do the Famine with their favourite celebrity by joining their virtual group. They can also support the star's efforts by donating online at famine.ca or by going directly to the celebrity's 30 Hour Famine group page.
Recording artist Danny Fernandes and the band members of These Kids Wear Crowns will go hungry for Water, helping those who don't have access to clean drinking water:
P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadians and singer/songwriter LIGHTS will do the 30 Hour Famine for Food, fighting to support hungry children around the world including the Horn of Africa:
Actor Jodelle Ferland and recording artists Neverest will do the 30 Hour Famine for education to help children who want to go to school but can't:
World Vision is a leading Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by our Christian values, we are dedicated to working with the world's most vulnerable people. We serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.
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Video with caption: "A personal video from recording artist Danny Fernandes about the World Vision 30 Hour Famine". Video available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/cgi-bin/playback.cgi?file=20120329_C9131_VIDEO_EN_11761.mp4&posterurl=http://photos.newswire.ca/images/20120329_C9131_PHOTO_EN_11761.jpg&clientName=30%20Hour%20Famine&caption=A%20personal%20video%20from%20recording%20artist%20Danny%20Fernandes%20about%20the%20World%0D%0AVision%2030%20Hour%20Famine&title=30%20HOUR%20FAMINE%20%2D%20Canadian%20stars%20go%20hungry%20to%20fight%20poverty&headline=Stars%20fight%20poverty
Video with caption: "Recording artist LIGHTS will be doing the World Vision 30 Hour Famine". Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjq7JkRk-AE&list=UUwHUEfkY1Doltbf2PyHwUdA&index=7&feature=plcp
Image with caption: "Actor Jodelle Ferland will be doing the World Vision 30 Hour Famine this year; she is pictured here with children benefiting from 30 Hour Famine programs in Cambodia. (CNW Group/30 Hour Famine)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120329_C9131_PHOTO_EN_11758.jpg
Image with caption: "Singer/songwriter LIGHTS will do the World Vision 30 Hour Famine this year; she is pictured here at a school in the Philippines. (CNW Group/30 Hour Famine)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120329_C9131_PHOTO_EN_11759.jpg