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Hunger Banquet

Global Awareness Night

This past Saturday a team of us from two churches organized a Global Awareness Banquet.

The banquet is a dramatization of the inequity that perpetuates poverty in the world. Guests are randomly assigned according to the realities that divide us today 15% rich, 30% middle class, and 55% poor on a global level.

The rich were served wine, appetizers, roasts, cake to classical music, while the poor had to line up for a chunk of yam. Some ended stealing from the rich, some of the rich spread the wealth, and some sat there feeling pity for themselves or for others.

We even dumped excess food into the garbage in front of the crowd, as people screamed no.

The discussion was lively, and the anger died down as people understood why we made them pay for a meal with no food.

If you can gather at least 40-50 people in your school, church, workplace, campus, I totally recommend trying to run an event like this.

Here’s a sample planning kit by Oxfam Canada.

{ 4 comments… add one }

  • Weewian February 18, 2008, 5:31 pm

    Hi Lon,

    I’ve been reading your blog (c/o Joeie). What a fantastic idea! I might try this at my church, or at school with the Gr. 6 students. Thanks.

  • stephen February 18, 2008, 8:07 pm

    awesome. very creative idea. i’m going to bring it up with my team.

  • aaron February 19, 2008, 7:59 am

    awesome!
    love the pointed focus!
    I hate this phrase but it fits…great job getting out of the box.

  • Lon February 20, 2008, 11:47 pm

    Hey folks, yup, take the idea and run with it!

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