[saymaListserv] Fwd: Oxfam Day of Fast

Michael Austin Shell bright_crow at mindspring.com
Wed Nov 1 21:00:33 JEST 2000

Dear Friends,

I thought you might find the following announcement interesting and
inspiring.  Wherever you live, there must be ways in which you and yours
can practice this same sort of practical mindfulness about hunger and
imbalance of world resources.

I believe the earth provides enough for all, were it to be truly shared.

Blessed Be,

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Date:    Mon, 30 Oct 2000 12:58:54 -0500
From:    Elizabeth Qunell <equnell at GWM.SC.EDU>
Subject: Fwd: Oxfam Day of Fast

On Wednesday, November 15, the week before Thanksgiving Break, students,
faculty, and staff at the University of South Carolina are asked to skip a
meal, go without eating for the whole day, or fast from junk food,
cigarettes, etc. as part of a Day of Fast and a nationwide campaign to
combat hunger and poverty. The money that would have been spent can be
donated to Oxfam America's hunger and poverty relief programs in Africa,
Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States.

Close to a million people nationwide are expected to participate in the
Fast to not only raise money for work at Oxfam, but also to raise awareness
about the problems and the myths of hunger and poverty.

Oxfam Carolina, a coalition of student organizations joining together to
fight hunger and poverty, is sponsoring the Day of Fast at USC. Students on
the meal plan are encouraged to give away their lunches on Wednesday
November 15 (Fast Day) and Marriott will donate the value of the food to
Oxfam America. Last year, over 1,200 students gave away their lunch to
raise money for the nearly one billion hungry people in our world. This
year students will also be allowed to give $2 on their cash card to Oxfam.

On Tuesday, November 14, the day before the Fast, a Hunger Banquet will be
held in the Campus Room at Capstone beginning at 6:00 p.m. The Hunger
Banquet powerfully dramatizes the unequal distribution of food around the
world. Some 15% will dine on a gourmet meal, 30% will eat a simple meal of
rice and beans, while 55% will have only rice and water. Meals will be
assigned to those attending by "luck of the draw." Cost will be $3.00 for
students and children, $5.00 for all others. Local entertainers, "celebrity
servers," and prominent members of USC's faculty and student body have been
invited to participate. A program and entertainment will make the evening
enjoyable and informative.

On Monday, November 6, the week before the Fast and Hunger Banquet, a
Hunger Relay will take place at 12:15 p.m. on Greene Street in front of the
Russell House. You are invited to watch or participate in this fun activity
which mimics obstacles people must overcome in order to get adequate food.
Campus organizations and students are encouraged to form a team of three
people to take part in this activity.

For more information, contact 777-5782.

Date: October 30, 2000
Submitted by: Cheryl Soehl, Student Life

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