Hungry for Change

Hello you beauties, my name is Kimberly Subianto, and I will be doing World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine this year. It is my first time, and to be honest, I am quite nervous about surviving this famine. I mean, I LOVE FOOD. I eat to fulfill my satisfaction, not my needs. I eat even when I am not hungry. Many times I take granted of the food that is available for me, like throwing away 1 or 2 day old leftovers that are clearly still edible. I complain when the food is too salty, too sweet, or too bland, and decided not to finish it. Yes, I am guilty as charged. I guess up until today. Though I have been trying to change.

I am aware that 870 million people in the world are suffering from chronic undernourishment. I am aware that children who are suffering from hunger gets sick up to 160 days of illness each year, that is 1 out of 3 days. I am aware that 1.22 billion people live on less than $1.25 a day. But, what good do facts have until I am moved to do something about them? An occurrence hit me hard. It was some time at the beginning of February, and I was with my church volunteering at Potters Place Mission in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side. I was helping out with the cooking, as well as serving the food. Everyone’s enjoying their simple plate of rice, chicken, and salad. After we ran out of food, people start leaving the place, and there I found one man sitting in front of the garbage bin digging in to look for leftover chicken that he might still eat. That broke my heart. What’s worse is knowing that something even worse is still happening around the world. And I thought to myself, that is not okay.

Ever since, I am inspired to do something about it. World Vision UBC surely has open up many doors of opportunities, and new ways in how I can take action. It changes my perspective on how some people live their lives, and it makes me realize how fortunate and blessed I am to be the way I am today. This year, I decided to participate in 30 Hour Famine. Yes, it means I will go without food for 30 hours. I will be hungry, very hungry actually. But beyond the hunger I’m going to experience, I believe 30 Hour Famine is more than just a stomach thing. It is about seeing hunger for what it really is. It is about seeing the reality of poverty in the world around us. Ultimately, it is about turning our hunger for food into a hunger for change.

Enough of me talking. I hope now that you’ve listened to me rambling around, you can be somewhat a little inspired to take some actions. WHAT CAN YOU DO?
  1. Take part in 30 Hour of Famine this year, raise money, and make a difference! 30 hours can change everything. If you are in UBC, click here to find out more about our event: https://www.facebook.com/events/297756500373284/ It is going to be one unforgettable night of your life, guaranteed!
  2. Support me through whatever way there is. Financially? That’d be great! A word of encouragement? I’ll gladly take it. Not posting picture of food on your Instagram during the time of famine? YES PLEASE! Hahahah. But for real, imagine how big of an impact you can make if you spare a part of your money allocated to buy some fancy food. Maybe it’s just $5, or $10, whatever it is, together we can make a difference. Imagine, $25, or a 5-days supply of your Starbucks coffee, can help families grow healthy vegetables, $50, or popcorn, drinks and a movie for two, can help provide families with two hens and a rooster – 150 eggs a year! Really, as cliche as it may sound, every pennies counts. To support, make a secure online donation on this link: http://my.worldvisionengage.com/PersonalPage.aspx?SID=4112845&LangPref=en-CA or simply contact me directly to set a meeting time! 😉
  3. Start small! Give a canned food or two to a local food bank each week. Remember, small things can lead to a huge impact.

Okay, I would be lying if I tell you I don’t want you to do option number 2. But really, more than the money I will raise, I really hope there is a thought that can be planted in your minds. And that thought will change the way you see things and how you live your life. Together as citizens of the world, we have the right to take actions in building a better world for everyone. Let us declare war. A war against world hunger. It’s time to fight.

Yes I might be hungry. But I am hungry for change!

Hoping to change the world, one hour at a time,

Kimberly Subianto
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