Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 22, 2002

Whitworth Students to Give Up Meals and Shelter to Combat Hunger in Nepal

WHAT: Students in Whitworth's "Transforming Leadership" class (LS 350) will hold a camp-out and fast on campus April 24-26 to raise both awareness of worldwide hunger issues and money to combat hunger in Nepal.

The LS 350 students will sleep outside near the Hixson Union Building and will serve meals of rice and soy sauce to other Whitworth students, faculty and staff who participate in the fast. Whitworth students who choose to do so can miss five meals in the dining hall and donate a portion of their meal money to the group's fund-raising efforts. The funds will support the work of the United Mission to Nepal, an organization that teaches Nepali villagers farming and rural-development techniques to help reduce hunger and poverty. According to Whitworth freshman and fund-raising coordinator Jessica Armstrong, a donation of $70 will fund the training of one villager, who will then share information with and train his or her neighbors.

WHEN: The hunger-awareness event will begin at noon on Wednesday, April 24, and will conclude at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 26.

WHERE: South-side lawn near the Hixson Union Building at Whitworth College.


Jack Burns, associate professor in the School of Education, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4445 or jburns@whitworth.edu.

Jessica Armstrong, Whitworth student and fund-raising coordinator, (509) 777-3364 or jarmstrong@mail2.whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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