Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of March 20, 2006
Villagers' thirst hits home with fasting students
Youth ministry's Think Fast creates an awareness of the injustice of poverty
By AL MELLA
"When I think about water being privatized in countries where water is already scarce, I feel ashamed.
- Jasmine Pushak
"When I think about water being privatized in countries where water is already scarce, I feel ashamed. Fasting for 25 hours helps me to achieve solidarity with the people who are suffering."
"To experience being hungry and sacrifice for others who have none," was how Grade 9 student Rachel Speiss described her reason for fasting. A cousin who had fun at a previous Think Fast influenced Speiss, who recovered from cancer two years ago, to attend.
This was the second Think Fast for 21-year-old youth leader Gerard Haughian. The event helped him grow in faith by serving the youth ministry.
"I enjoyed my first Think Fast as a kid and I just wanted to give something back. I learned about Development and Peace when I was first involved," Haughian said. "This is an opportunity to learn and reflect on the problems facing the poor."
The highlight of the event was when youth joined the congregation for the Mass in which they actively participated as ushers, eucharistic ministers, choir members and in the Offertory. Father Martin Carroll thanked them for their great effort and money raised.
The funds raised are used to support the work of partners in the South and educational work in Canada.
For example, a Development and Peace release says, "Maria learned how to be a well-informed consumer through the Centre for Consumer Defence (CDC), in El Salvador, a Development and Peace partner.
"Protecting people's rights as consumers is a big thing in a country where poverty abounds and education is not always available to all. This is why CDC's work is so essential, especially for those with very low incomes who are most vulnerable to exploitation."
Launched by Canada's bishops in 1967, Development and Peace is the official Catholic overseas development organization. It has raised over $460 million to support 13,600 community based projects and emergency relief operations in over 70 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
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