JCU Oxfam Banquet Raises Funds for the Fight to End World Hunger
On March 11, over 85 students attended the JCU Oxfam Banquet, hosted by the Universities Fighting World Hunger Club (UFWH). Students were welcomed in the lobby of Tiber Campus by UFWH, Business Club, and STAND Club members. Students had the option to pay two or five euros for an entrance ticket. Those who paid five euros also received Oxfam t-shirts.
Downstairs, everyone was separated into three “hunger classes:” low, medium, and high. The low hunger class, making up 75% of attendees, sat on newspapers on the floor and was allotted only one bowl of rice and one glass of non-sparkling water. The high hunger class, by contrast, sat at tables and had their orders taken by Tiber Cafe staff. They were served multiple courses of meat, pasta, and vegetables plus soft drinks. The medium hunger class also ate at tables, but they had to retrieve their own food, rice and beans, from the counter.
The presentation began at 8 pm with speeches by President Pavoncello, Dean Merva, and Oxfam representative Federico Spadini. All three were presented with gifts, and UFWH was honored to donate the profits of the banquet, over 415 euros, to Oxfam. UFWH would like to thank the participating JCU students, staff, and faculty for their contributions.
Overall, the event was a great success. Not only were attendees educated about the physical and social effects of hunger, they also made new friends within their hunger classes. UFWH hopes to continue hosting such events to raise awareness of global hunger.
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