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American school to stage `hunger day' for starving children

By Max Hirsch  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Taipei American School's (TAS) Orphanage club held a "hunger day" yesterday to raise awareness of world poverty and famine.

Comprised of TAS students, the Orphanage Club raises money and performs community services for local orphans.

"Hunger Day will last from 6:30am to 6:30pm, with hundreds of [TAS] students fasting, raising money and awareness," Club founder and TAS teacher Richard Arnold said on Monday.

He added that club members at the senior high level would be giving 75 "hunger lessons" to elementary classes for two weeks.

"The lessons will focus on teaching younger students what it means to be hungry," Arnold said.

He added that club members would talk a great deal about the plight of many African countries, where drought and war have spawned widespread famine.

"These activities are especially appropriate before Thanksgiving," Arnold added, saying that Hunger Day was a 25-year tradition at the school.

According to a TAS press release, proceeds from the 12-hour hunger drive will go to Oxfam America, World Vision Taiwan and the American Friends Service, among other charities.

The club hopes to raise NT$100,000 (US$3,043) for the charities to help them feed hungry children in Taiwan and elsewhere, Arnold said.

"We're hoping some students will donate what they would normally spend on lunch," he added.

The club also hopes TAS faculty, staff and parents will chip in during the month, the release said.

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