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Sapphires carry work for 30-Hour Famine from their High School to Penn State

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Tara Zierler and Juliet Smith are giving their time to help feed hungry children
Interviewed and written by Alyssa Wasserman, Vice President of Marketing, SLC

Tara Zierler and Juliet Smith, both sophomores in the Sapphire Leadership Program, have to decided to bring the 30 Hour Famine to Penn State. Juliet first heard about the 30 Hour Famine in high school where she participated in the event with her youth group. 30 Hour Famine’s goal is to help raise money and awareness about childhood hunger in third world countries. Juliet wanted to bring this cause onto Penn State’s campus in hopes of continuing her hard work she put in during high school. During their Sapphire Leadership Seminar class Juliet told Tara about 30 Hour Famine and she quickly wanted to become involved.

30 Hour Famine consists of two main stages. The first stage is the actual famine. Volunteers give up food for 30 hours in order to get a glimpse of how it feels to be one of the starving children. During those 30 hours they join together to make posters and promotional materials to educate the public about childhood hunger. The fast will begin at noon on Friday, March 18th and last until seven in the evening on Saturday, March 19th. All volunteers will meet in room 208 in the HUB at 6PM Friday for the duration of the fast, and to work on the displays as a group. Ipods, computers, sleeping bags, and anything else needed for the overnight stay is permitted in the room. At the end of the fast, pizza will be provided to all the volunteers to honor all their hard work and dedication to the cause.

After the event at the HUB, Tara and Juliet along with any other interested volunteers will go to local churches and companies and speak about the cause. They hope for people to gain awareness about the world’s problems with childhood hunger and also raise money for 30 Hour Famine. All their money will go towards giving needy children food and the correct amount of nutrients they need in their daily lives.

During the spring semester, Tara and Juliet will be coming into a general body meaning to talk about the leadership project and give other Sapphires the opportunity to get involved with such a great cause. If you would like to get involved with the 30 Hour Famine at Penn State, you can contact Tara at or Juliet at To donate or learn more about 30 Hour Famine, you can visit their website at

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