The 30 Hour Famine was a true test of willpower for some of the Ferris State students who participated in the event this fall. Students refrained from eating anything for 30 hours to raise awareness for individuals suffering from world hunger and to gain a sense of understanding for what it feels like to be truly hungry. Although lack of food is a global issue, families in the Big Rapids community are also struggling to feed their families, making the issue of hunger hit close to home for the 85 Ferris students who participated in the famine.
Allegra Babiarz, coordinator of the 30 Hour Famine (and much deserved “Outstanding Volunteer” award recipient!), demonstrated exactly what it means to be an Honors student at Ferris State, by going the extra mile to make this event a success. Allegra expressed her strong leadership skills, along with 5 other group leaders, to plan and direct activities that took place during the event. Participants watched informational videos about world hunger and partook in a water filtering challenge at Mitchell Creek Park. The challenge enabled students to comprehend the luxury of having clean drinking water everyday, compared to others all over the world that don’t have the privilege of drinking clean water.
The 30 Hour Famine raised about $3,500 to go towards those who are suffering from the effects of hunger. “That [amount of money] can be equated to us raising a single child from birth to almost ten years old if he or she was completely dependent on our efforts of just one weekend!” Allegra posted on the 30 Hour Famine FSU page. Not only did this event do a phenomenal job raising money for a great cause, the 30 Hour Famine brought 85 students together on campus and provided them with an opportunity to achieve a goal that many thought they could never accomplish. The support and open communication throughout the 30 Hour Famine truly made this event a success.
Next year, the 30 Hour Famine will direct a strong emphasis of its efforts to local hunger, specifically “Our Brother’s Keeper,” a homeless shelter in Big Rapids. For those who are interested in participating in the 30 Hour Famine next year, it is important to know that becoming involved with this event is something that is attainable. United, the 30 Hour Famine will work towards ending world hunger one step at a time.
This article was written by Endeavor staff member Kaley Funkhouser.