Guest Blog Post by Brinda Patel-
The 30 Hour Famine is an international movement that helps raise awareness for world hunger and various crises happening around the world. The crisis we focused on is earthquake relief in Haiti. There are many thousands of people suffering from the earthquake that occurred on January 12th in Haiti. In an attempt to raise money for the people who have been affected the Model UN and Amnesty International clubs again organized the 30 Hour Famine. We raised almost $4,000, which has been donated to World Vision. This organization is working to help meet immediate needs and promote lasting changes that will strengthen communities and move families toward self-reliance.
On March 4-5, students from Burlington High School fasted for 30 hours in order to raise money for the thousands of people who have been affected in Haiti. The students were only allowed to drink fluids. This taught students about the daily circumstances for many people around the world. The fast started at 8:30 AM on Thursday, March 4th and continued until 2:30 pm on Friday, March 5th. We broke the fast together in the BHS cafeteria. In addition to students getting donations from their friends and family, we set up outside of the cafeteria during both first and second lunch to ask for donations of $1. The outpouring from the students and faculty was impressive. Mrs. Gould and Mr. Whitten, sponsors of Model UN and Amnesty International clubs say that a record number of students participated this year.
Thanks to the following Business Community Members who contributed services and goods to the Famine and Break the Fast:
Pizza Days, Dunkin Donuts (182 Cambridge Street), Roche Brothers, Panera Bread, Stop n’ Shop
Korean BBQ Restaurant, Pizzeria Regina, Pizza Works, Raja Rana’s Indian Grocery, La Cascia’s
Brinda Patel, Walter Kikuchi, Namank Shah, Neha Shah, April Hooper, Amanda Roncone, Aakansha Bhalla
Devon Doherty, Sabrina Pedersen, Sharon Kumar, Michelle Lee, Katie Desmond, Katya Becker
Danielle Schissler, Elizabeth Johnson, Jackie Lerner, Zebeka Alam , Bryan Miranda, Nick Stewart, Kevin Romulus, Krina Patel, Adrianna Merrill, Binal Patel, Geo Varghese, Jerril Varghese, Carissa Healey, Andrew Frost, Kartike Mathur, Yash Adhikari, Stephen Jefferson, Brendan Gillen, Jen Sheldon, Kristen Kazanjian, Jacinda Pedersen, Yerim Oh, Priyanka Deb, Karishma Soni, Daryn Starkey, Taylor Steinburg, Barbara Wye, Jessica Olin, James Brewster, Chris LaRocque, Peggy Perna, Marissa Cote, Sarah Parker, Alex Holmstrem, Christina Hanafin, Jill Keaney, Erin Kelley, Michael Calder, Michelle Morgan, Maleeha Shaikh, Steve Healey, Micaela Gelormini, Nazmin Khalifa, Tanishq Bhallah, Julien Saliba, Ravi Hirani, Ronak Kapadia, Nikki Flemming, Javaria Suhail