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Teens fast for 30 hours to raise money for charity

A group of teens in Thomson recently fought off boredom in hopes of fighting off hunger.

Approximately 15 young people at Sweetwater Baptist Church went through a 30-hour famine from 12 a.m., Saturday, April 24 through 7 a.m., Sunday, April 25 to raise awareness and money for World Vision.

The teens took pledges and received money for drinking only juice or water and eating no food during that time.

"I'm trying to keep them busy, so they won't think about the fact that they're not eating," said Lindsay Dunn, the youth minister of Sweetwater Baptist.

Although they ended up raising over $1,000 for third world countries, the youth group also helped people in the local area in the process. They spent Saturday morning at the Thomson Housing Authority playing games, singing songs, telling stories and serving snacks to children who live there.

"I can't believe I just ate and then y'all made me do that," Brian Parks said with a sigh after the group sang "Father Abraham," complete with all the motions.

The event was actually a sneak preview of a Backyard Bible Club that the youth group puts on at the housing authority each summer. This year, the program will be June 14-18.

"Last year, we made friends with a lot of them. They'd see me in Wal-Mart and ask when were we coming back," said Anna Schaffer, 17.

After they finished at the housing authority, the group went to Augusta. There, they did cleaned the Ronald McDonald House.

"It's really fun," Anna said. "I haven't thought about being hungry because we've been busy doing fun stuff."

World Vision is a humanitarian organization that works in 90 countries such as Ethiopia, Ghana and Bolivia to tackle the causes of poverty, according to

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