Whistler youth are readying to shrink their stomachs for a good cause.
Students throughout the resort community will be giving up food for more than a day as they raise funds for Haiti relief through the World Vision 30 Hour Famine. The students will be joining over 100,000 youth across the country from April 16 to 17.
Haiti was rocked by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake in January and the country is in shambles. Homes and infrastructure have been destroyed. It's been estimated that 200,000 Haitians died in the quake and millions have been left homeless.
It works like this. Youth will go without food for 30 hours and spend the time learning about issues that result from poverty in order to understand what people in third world countries experience on a daily basis.
Last year's 30 Hour Famine saw Whistler youth from schools, churches and organizations raise $764.63 to help children and families stay alive.
This year's overall aim is to raise $5 million across Canada.