Face Hunger, Fast! Concern Fast 2014

Domestic Divas, Aisli Madden (left), Cat Lawlor and Ben Fahy, age 5. Pic: Robbie Reynolds

Domestic Divas, Aisli Madden (left), Cat Lawlor and Ben Fahy, age 5.
Pic: Robbie Reynolds

It’s time to face hunger, fast with the Concern Fast 2014!

Spend 24 hours on the 27th of November making a small sacrifice to help those facing starvation worldwide.

Your contribution can help to save some of the three million plus children who die of malnutrition due to food shortages caused by droughts, failed harvests and rising food prices across the globe.

There is a great history of success with this annual event, according to Concern’s Fast Coordinator, Jonathan Power. “The Concern Fast has always enjoyed phenomenal support from the Irish public and we hope to see this enthusiasm continue this year. It’s a challenging way to raise funds, but one that is always rewarding. By taking part, either by going hungry for just one day, or using some of the other great ideas, you can help raise vital funds to provide life-saving food for malnourished children. We’ll also give them long-term support so they will be able to feed their own children in years to come.”

RTÉ’s Domestic Divas Aisli Madden and Cat Lawlor helped launch this year’s campaign. “We are delighted to launch the Concern Fast 2014. All the sponsorship money from this will help save children’s lives in some of the poorest countries of the world, by funding Concern programmes that can make a real and lasting difference. Even if you can’t give up food, give up something else instead like social media, or better still put your fasting time to good use by painting a room, emailing old friends or giving the house an early spring clean… such a small sacrifice, which can really make a difference to a child’s life.”

Fasting from food is not the only way to raise money. Concern have lots of interesting ideas for those who want to take part, from switching off social media for 24 hours, to doing a sponsored silence, to living on just €1 for a day.

To register, apply for a Fast Pack, or find more fundraising ideas call 1850 50 50 55, or visit the Concern Fast 2014 website, where schools can also create their own profile pages.

By Aimée Mac Leod