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Fast-a-thon to benefit The Love Kitchen
Fast-a-thon to benefit The Love Kitchen

 

The Muslim Student Association at the University of Tennessee prepares to kick-off its 12th annual “Fast-a-thon,” an event that hopes to raise more than two thousand dollars for the Love Kitchen, a local food pantry, in a single day. 

The event typically takes place during the Islamic month of Ramadan. However, because the month started especially early this year, the Muslim Student Association decided to hold the event after Ramadan. During Ramadan, Muslims fast during daylight hours as an act of submission, solidarity, and remembrance.  One of the main reasons for fasting is to call attention to those who go hungry every day, not as an exercise of religious expression, but as a fact of life. 

This year, as in past years, the University of Tennessee’s Muslim Student Association is asking non-Muslim students, faculty and staff to try fasting for one day in an effort to raise money for a local emergency food provider.  Local businesses will donate two dollars for each student that agrees to fast on November 14th.  The group hopes to convince more than 1000 students, faculty and staff to “go hungry for a day, so someone else won’t have to,” thereby raising at least $2000.

At the end of the day, participants are invited and encouraged to break their fast with a meal prepared by some of Knoxville’s Muslim families and to hear short presentations on the significance of Ramadan for Muslims, the issue of hunger in Knoxville, and the progression of the Fast-a-thon over the past 12 years.

In Knoxville alone, as many as 360 calls for emergency food may be placed in a single day to area food pantries, soup kitchens, and other emergency food providers.  The event hopes to call attention to the fact that hunger is not something that only happens “over there” in some faraway land. It happens right here, in our city, right now.

“Feeding folks who are hungry is work that needs to be done,” says Sean Blevins, one of the founders of the now national event, “and Muslims have a special responsibility to do it.”

 

When?

            March 14, 2013

Where?

            Pledging: On the Pedestrian Walkway

            Fasting: UT Campus, all over Knoxville, wherever!

            Breaking the Fast:  At the UC Volunteer Ballroom

How to pledge?

Pledge online by visiting http://fastathon2013.wufoo.com/forms/2013-fastathon-pledge-form/

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