hunger heeds help
Instead of stuffing your face with candy and chocolate this
Halloween, get a jump on the Christmas spirit and think about
helping out those who are not as fortunate.
Meal Exchange, a national organization dedicated to helping
the hungry, has set up shop in the Western area, targeting
the London and student community, said Ola Kowalewski, co-ordinator
of the local Meal Exchange program.
“It’s all about using student grass-roots solutions
to fight local hunger problems,” she said. “It’s
just about getting people together and making a difference
in the community.”
Kowalewski said “Trick or Eat,” the next campaign
organized by her group, will be held on Oct. 31 and Nov. 2.
Participating students will walk around the London neighbourhood
trick-or-treating for non-perishable foods. “We need
tons of volunteers for this event,” she added. “When
a lot of people get together, they can make a big change.”
Interested students should attend a quick information
and sign-up meeting Fri., Oct. 17, in Rm. 3250 of the
Donate, laugh, repeat
If you’ve ever wanted to laugh without guilt at someone
in a hot pink dress, keep your eyes out for strutting residence
staff members on campus today.
Dressing for Dollars, an inaugural campaign at Western in which
residence staff members have set different fundraising targets
to correspond to increasingly outlandish modes of dress, will
go to benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation and the Spina Bifida
Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario, said Geoff Martin, a
member of the residence-based Make-A-Wish foundation committee.
Starting at 12 p.m. today, residence staffers will gather on
the Concrete Beach for photos, discussion and to accept any
donations, Martin said. “Anyone can basically donate
to us throughout the day,” he added.
Spina bifida is a neural tube birth defect that appears in
the first few weeks after birth and causes permanent damage
to the spine and neurosystem, Martin explained. “It’s
an important cause because we have so much as healthy students
whereas there are so many people out there struggling,” he
The campaign’s goal is to raise $7,000 with the first
$5,500 going to the Make-A-Wish foundation.
Starving to stop starving
If you hear grumbling stomachs in the University Community
Centre tomorrow, you’re not imagining things.
At noon tomorrow a group of Oxfam students will begin a 24
hour fast to draw awareness to food security and hunger.
“[Those fasting] will be collecting donations of food and
dry goods which will go to the Western food bank and the London
AIDS society,” said Kamilla Pietrazyk, co-president of
Oxfam. There will be 15 to 20 members of Oxfam participating
in the fast, as well as some members of the King’s University
College social justice club.
“In Canada more than two million go hungry and 42 per cent
of these are children. More than 800 million people worldwide
do not have food security; this doesn’t include people
going hungry in the industrialized world,” Pietrazyk explained.