The 30 Hour Famine: Canadian students hungry for change

Apr 02, 2013, 08:30 ET from World Vision Canada

MISSISSAUGA, On, April 2, 2013 /CNW/ - Students across the country will do the 30 Hour Famine this month, denying themselves something they hold dear to support life-changing projects around the world.

The largest youth fundraiser in the world, the 30 Hour Famine, started in Canada more than 40 years ago and  many students name it as a significant way for them to engage in global issues.

This is a true Canadian success story. The first Famine was held by a small group of teens in a church basement in Calgary. Now a global event, this year hundreds of thousands of youth will take part in their own 'Famine' events in places around the world like Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the United States. Over the years, the 30 Hour Famine has allowed students to help fund thousands of development and emergency response projects to improve the lives of children facing poverty.

In addition to giving up something, most groups hold fun events to bring students together such as concerts, games nights and sleep overs.

Canadians still the lead way in innovating new ways to engage. This year, for the first time ever:

  • Students are able to choose a project to support from a list of 17 World Vision projects
  • Students can also choose what they give up. Traditionally this has meant food but now they can also fast from cell phones, furniture or TV for 30 hours
  • The Famine is now paperless, with fundraising and information entirely online

Projects supported this year include potable water in Mauritania, preventing child abuse in Sri Lanka, early childhood education in  El Salvador and helping at-risk youth in Canada.   Students will receive project updates throughout the year on, so they can check in to see how the money they raised continues to help children.

More information can be found at

"I love doing the Famine. We sacrifice something for 30 hours, really we have a lot we can give up, and at the same time help provide hope to kids around the world. And I'm proud to be part of this. It makes me feel like I'm part of something larger, something important."

- Mumtahin Monzoor, student and World Vision Youth Ambassador

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.

SOURCE World Vision Canada

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Image with caption: "Children in a World Vision supported preschool in Sri Lanka. Students doing the 30 Hour Famine this month will support 17 World Vision projects around the world. (CNW Group/World Vision Canada)". Image available at: