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MSU holds 'Fast-a-thon' Jan. 24 to draw attention to hunger

January 11, 2011

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The Montana State University Muslim Student Association and the Diversity Awareness Office will hold the second annual Hunger for Change Fast-a-thon on Monday, Jan. 24, followed by a meal and a presentation to draw attention to the hunger problem in the United States.

The club is suggesting that on Jan. 24 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 listen to a presentation about the relevance of fasting in Islam and the issue of hunger in our 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 may bring a donation to help cover the costs, but it is not required. 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 collect 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, and are encouraged to donate what they would spend on food for the day to the Gallatin Valley Food Bank.

To sign up for the fast, or become a sponsor, visit www.montana.edu/msa/fast_signup.html 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 where people may sign up to fast, and orange ribbons will be distributed.

This event is sponsored by the Muslim Student Association, the Diversity Awareness Office, the Office of Student Activities, the Office of the President, MSU Food Services, The Country Bookshelf, The Sola Caf, and the Community Food Co-op, and is open to the public.

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.

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