October 16 , 2003  
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Holiday 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 3M Centre.

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 said.

The campaign’s goal is to raise $7,000 with the first $5,500 going to the Make-A-Wish foundation.

—Anton Vidgen

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.

—Laura Katsirdakis



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