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Local residents fight hunger on an empty stomach
Turlocker Toni Maxwell has pledged to shave all the hair off her head if the local 30-Hour Famine event team can raise $5,000 to help feed the hungry children of the world. - photo by Journal file photo
About every seven seconds, one child dies from hunger. This is why over 30 people will come together for a 30-hour famine Feb. 26 through Feb. 28 at St. Francis Anglican Church to raise money to save the hungry children of the world.
“We love God, we raise funds and we feed the world,” said Toni Maxwell, eight-year participant of the World Vision’s 30-Hour Famine.
Maxwell is such a supporter of the 30-hour Famine event, she is “going the extra step” and not eating for 40 hours as well as offering up her precious locks of hair if her group can raise $5,000 to help save those hungry children. A World Vision government grant will also match 10 times the funds raised.   
In past years, the most the group from St. Francis Anglican Church has raised is $7,200 when Maxwell shaved her hair into a Mohawk, in an effort to motivate people to give to the cause.
This year, if the goal of $5,000 is raised, Maxwell will be celebrating the success completely bald.
“We have already raised $500 because people want to see my head shaved,” she said.
If they raise $5,000, the grant will create a total of $50,000 raised, which will save 138 children, Maxwell said.
Funds are raised through donations and sponsorships for those participants who will not eat for 30 hours, she said. There are no minimum requirements for a sponsorship.
“Every dollar counts,” Maxwell said. “One dollar can feed a child for one day. Over 25,000 children will die today.”   
Each participant must pay $20 for their weekend of famine, she said. The $20 requirement will help pay for water for the weekend, a night at Boomers and a 30-Hour Famine T-shirt.  
With rumbling stomach’s, the group has plenty of plans to distract themselves from their hunger.
The night before the famine begins, all participants plan to go to Boomers to have a good time right before they give up food for the weekend. Saturday starts the famine with lots of fun games and a live outside concert by the Christian group B.O.O.K. They then will participate in a community service project. Sunday will end the famine with a big omelet breakfast and a worship service.
Every year there are about 30 to 40 participants between the ages of nine and 109, Maxwell said. The younger ones might only do a 15-Hour Famine but most of them do the full 30-Hour Famine.
If interested in participating in the 30-Hour Famine, contribute to the Maxwell bald fund, or donate to the cause, contact Toni Maxwell at 656-0189.
To contact Maegan Martens, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2015.