While an estimated 2 billion viewers around the world watched the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton at London’s Westminster Abbey, more than 150,000 young Americans have a different focus: fighting hunger.
Indeed, as the prince and his new princess enjoy their honeymoon, these young Americans are taking part in World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine, the world’s largest teen hunger awareness campaign. As the teens fast, they consume only water and juice and engage in local community service projects.
“Everyone seems to be paying attention to London right now,” says Michele Tvedt, World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine Manager. “But we continue to count on the remarkable commitment of young people. And they keep coming through.”
Since 1992, 30 Hour Famine has raised more than $140 million and involved more than 6 million teens in fighting global hunger. In 2010, 30 Hour Famine raised $10.4 million with funds going to fight global hunger. This year’s goal: $11 million.