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Students fast for needy

March 10, 2006

Albany -- Almost 100 Dougherty County students used their day off from school to help people on the other side of the world. Friday morning they began a fast that will last until 3:30 Saturday.

Anthony Mackey spent his Friday with a different goal in mind. He's not eating for 30 hours so people in Africa can eat.

"If I were in their position I would feel mad, sad," Mackey says.

These students are trying to raise $3,000 to feed others. Sponsors donate money to those who don't eat.

The fast is a partial fast. All that the children can have is juice and water bottles. And it's to help give the children the experience of what it's like in Kenya, not having anything to eat.

For Joseph Sheffield, it's an eye-opening experience into the world he lives in.

"It seems those that are over are always thanking God for what they do have. So it's a blessing to them and to us being able to experience this," Sheffield says.

And because of the experience he won't take for granted what he has in life. Something many students take away from this experience.

"I have received letters from young people, cards from their parents thanking me for participation in the famine because the parents can see a different in the children as a result of having participated in the famine," Thiry Hour Famine organizer and World Vision mentor Margaret Taylor says.

Organizers say this event helps some of the 3.3 million people starving in Kenya.

For Anthony Mackey, giving up food isn't easy.

"You don't eat and all that you get frustrated. You don't want to talk. You start thinking about food all the time, and sometimes you want to quit," Mackey explains.

But Mackey is a team player who won't quit until the money is raised to feed people in need.

The Thirty Hour Famine is an annual nationwide fundraiser.

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