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District students endure ‘30-Hour Famine’

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Thirty-six students and five chaperones were involved in a “30-Hour Famine” on April 3-4 at the Rainy River Evangelical Covenant Church.

Some $5,224.20 was raised for World Vision, a relief agency that provides humanitarian assistance around the world, noted Mark Mast.

The money collected this year is to be used in India.

The student council of the Sturgeon Creek Alternative Program (SCAP) co-ordinated the event, and have been busy for many weeks preparing and planning for it.

Student council members included Heather MacDonald, Patty Rose, Jessica VanSmeerdyk, Priscilla Loewen, Shayne Bell, Michelle Veldhuisen, Jodi Barker, Simeon Nussbaumer, and Shauna McInerney.

Special thanks to these individuals for all their time and effort.

The “famine” began at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, April 3 and wrapped up at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 4. During this period of 30 hours, participants were allowed only fruit juice as a source of nourishment.

A variety of activities kept the group occupied, including games, sports, swimming, videos, and picking up garbage around the town of Rainy River.

The girls slept at the church Friday evening while the boys were sent to neighbouring homes.

“The co-ordinators wish to express their sincere thanks to all who contributed in any way to make this event a tremendous success,” said Mast, who was a chaperone with Dan and Leah Pearson, Paul Gerber, and Norma Rempel.

Earl and Marilyn Cole, and Mark and Tina Mast, provided a place for the boys to sleep while Marvin and Ursula McDonald and Joanne Giles provided delicious meals of soup and submarine sandwiches following the “famine.”

“Thanks to God for blessing us with so much that we, in turn, could reach out and share with those in need in the country of India,” noted Mast.

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