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Norwalk fast’s effects will be far ranging

2012 Group Photo
Teenagers at the 2012 St. Philip Church 30 Hour Famine line up for a group photo. (Contributed photo.)

NORWALK, Conn. – There will be no food at a youth event planned for next Saturday in Norwalk, scheduled to last 30 hours.

It’s the 10th year St. Philip Roman Catholic Church will be part of World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine. The program welcomes youth from many different religious communities around Fairfield County – nearly 1,000 middle and high school students have raised more than $175,000 to fight hunger both globally and locally, according to a press release.

“The teens will fast for the 30 hours while performing service in the community and participating in prayer and other activities to bring awareness of the stark reality of hunger around the world while, in fact, there is enough food to provide every person in the world with at least 2,720 calories a day,” said Kali Di Marco, St. Philip’s director of faith formation and youth ministry, in a press release. “No one needs to starve.”

“The Walk,” a mile-long parade from the town green to the church, begins the fast at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. This honors the Night Walkers of Uganda, children who must travel on foot from their villages to protected shelters to be safe from rebels who abduct children for use as soldiers, porters and sexual slaves.

Julie Coyne, a Norwalk native who founded the non-profit organization Education and Hope after visiting Guatemala, will speak at a service after the walk, at 10 a.m. in St. Philip. Her story is described as a “testament to the ability of young people to change the world” in the press release. You are invited.

The fast benefits World Vision, an international relief organization that serves the world’s poorest children, and Manna House, Norwalk’s soup kitchen. Donations of canned and packaged food will be distributed locally.

Area teens have until Wednesday to register. For more information contact St. Philip at 203-847-4286.

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