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MSU holds 'Fast-a-thon" to draw attention to hunger

January 7, 2010

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The Montana State University Muslim Student Association will hold a Hunger for Change Fast-a-thon on Thursday, Jan. 28, followed by a meal and a presentation to draw attention to the hunger problem in the U.S.

The club is suggesting that on Jan. 28 members of the Bozeman community voluntarily abstain from food and drink from dawn until sundown. In the evening, participants are invited to join in a meal to break their fast and be audience to a presentation about the relevance of fasting in Islam and the issue of hunger in our own community. The presentation will be held at 5 p.m. in Ballroom A of the Strand Union Building followed by a meal at 5:30 p.m. in SUB Ballroom A to break the fast. Participants attending the community meal are encouraged to bring a donation to help cover the costs. All additional funds raised will be donated to the Gallatin Valley Food Bank.

The MSA encourages participants to donate to the Gallatin Valley Food Bank and will be collecting donations at various locations around MSU and Bozeman leading up to the Fast-a-thon. Participants and supporters may wear an orange ribbon to raise awareness of hunger on that day.

To sign up for the fast, or become a sponsor, visit www.montana.edu/msa or visit the MSU Diversity Awareness Office. Information tables will be set up in the Strand Union Building from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 19-21.

For more information, please contact Raima Amin at msa.msub@gmail.com, (406) 579-8509, or the Diversity Awareness Office at (406) 994-5801, diversityawareness@montana.edu.

This event is sponsored by the Muslim Student Association, the Sola Café, the Country Bookshelf, Heeb's East Main Grocery, the Community Food Co-Op, I-Ho's Korean Grill, the Office of Student Activities, MSU Food Services, MSU Bookstore, and the Diversity Awareness Office.

Phenocia Bauerle (406) 994-5801, phenocia.bauerle@montana.edu