‘Big ask’ as brave pupils skip meals for world hunger


AROUND 200 brave students from St Michael’s College, Enniskillen gave up their food and completed a 24 hour fast in aid of Concern Worldwide. The boys fundraised in order to support the work the charity does to help tackle world hunger.
The boys started the Fast last Tuesday night after their evening meal, and completed it by Wednesday evening. They missed their breakfast and lunch at school on Wednesday.
Lisa Carlin, the fundraising co-ordinator in St Michael’s helped organised the event which was a huge success.
“For growing boys it is a big ask, because they really love their food, and the canteen is a very popular place in our school. It is a big thing for them but in fairness, they did not complain at all.
Over 200 boys took part and it went very well. The money is still coming in so we will hopefully have a total by the end of the week. We have had a super response to the event and the boys coped with the fast itself very well.”
Along with the 24 hour fast, St Michael’s senior prefects also completed a digital detox the week before, also in aid of Concern. This involved leaving their mobile phones, social media and tablets behind and coping without their daily usage of  Facebook or Snapchat.
“The senior boys found this OK, but it was a big ask too. The senior boys wanted to do something a bit more difficult that just going off their food. The other boys were offered this too, but they thought that going off food would be easier than doing the digital detox.
“We have had three senior boys trained as Concern Fast ambassadors in December, and they launched the idea at the school’s assemblies. As a result of this, we had a fantastic response to the fast and we are very proud of them, and delighted with how well it went.”


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