World Vision International, a recognized famine relief organization, sponsors the annual Thirty Hour Famine throughout Canada, as a fundraiser.
This event has been somewhat of a tradition at Agassiz Secondary for over twenty years.
The Thirty Hour Famine took place at AESS from 9 a.m. on March 1, to 3 p.m. on March 2. The students, who ranged from grades 10-12, raised over $1000 this year.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of students do the Famine. Like other participants, students at Agassiz Secondary went without food for 30 hours and experienced what it takes to overcome hunger.
The funds they raised will go towards feeding hungry children and families around they world. While the students enjoyed taking part in this yearly event, they learned some important lessons about hunger, poverty, and injustice.
According to World Vision, 925 million people are hungry worldwide. Everyday, as many as 11,000 children under the age of 5 die due to hunger-related causes.
That is one child every eight seconds.
Since the students at Agassiz Secondary began participating in the famine, they have raised close to $100,000 for this worthy cause.