Starving for Change

Maddie Wright, Freelance Reporter

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On November 16, juniors Maddie Chism and Maddi Hogan hosted a Hunger Banquet to stimulate the unequal distribution of food all over the world. With help from many volunteers, Chism and Hogan served some 200 people. The attendees were split into 10%, 30%, and 60%. ¨The 10% got a four course meal, whatever they wanted served by waitresses and waiters, sat at a banquet table. The 30% sat at regular tables, had a one course meal, had to serve themselves, and then the other 60% got to sit or stand wherever they found space and they only got a handful of rice…they only got as much food as was left so if we ran out they didn’t get to eat anything,” described Hogan. This was designed to demonstrate the real life food distribution in life.

All proceeds both from the banquet itself and any donations made to their campaign on philanthropyproject.org was split evenly to go to the Sister Carmen Center in Lafayette, CO, No Kid Hungry based in the United States, and Oxfam International based on the idea of stoping global hunger.

“We had two goals. One was to raise $5,000 for Oxfam International and No Kid Hungry, but our second goal was to raise awareness because even if we can’t all give money for it we can all at least be aware of it because a lack of awareness tends to come off as ignorance so as many people in our community aware about this issue the more we can make a difference,” argued Hogan.

Malnutrition is the leading cause of health issues worldwide, more than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined, according to their Philanthropy Project campaign. “[Malnutrition] is something that affects everyone around the world. You see pictures of people that are obviously starving, people that obviously have not had food in days, maybe weeks, and then you see the kid in your math class that doesn’t have the focus to answer a math problem and you don’t understand why, but it’s more that likely because [they’re] hungry. We felt that we were able to try and put a dent in this cause by putting on this event,” said Chism. “We’re not only feeding the kids across the world but the kids across the street,” added Hogan.

In April, a Fun Run for Hunger will be hosted to raise the remaining $1,475 needed to reach their goal. The Fun Run will be a 5k around Waneka Lake. “We will have t-shirts, and [awareness] bracelets, and we hope to continue to raise awareness and continue towards our goal of $5,000 towards this cause,” exclaimed Chism.

Chism and Hogan hope to make this a tradition for further generations of Centaurus students to continue.

For anybody looking to help, you can volunteer for the Fun Run, participate in it, and always donate money using philanthropyproject.org. Keep spreading awareness about this cause, Warriors.

Chism and Hogan, the Hunger Banquet masterminds

Chism and Hogan, the Hunger Banquet masterminds

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