York County students will go hungry this weekend to raise awareness for starvation.

Middle- and high-school age kids from Zion Lutheran Church will hold World Vision's 30 Hour Famine at the Manchester Township church. It begins Friday night and lasts through Saturday.

The 23 students will join hundreds of thousands of young people nationwide who will take part in the famine. They've been fundraising up to this point, and Pastor Haley Vay Poynter, who will fast with the students, said he thinks the group will reach its goal of $3,000. Any money raised will go to World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization.

In addition to raising money and awareness, the students will also perform service projects in the community as they abstain from food and cleanliness.

For young people, fasting for 30 hours is especially uncomfortable, especially while working and expending energy - but it's worth it, said Poynter, who is in her first year as pastor.

"It's to help them sort of relate to what certain people in different situations deal with," she said. The church has been holding famines for about 10 years, she said.

At the conclusion of the fast, the group will share a meal together.

"It's a big community, and there's a lot to be said about the leadership they're taking part in," she said.

Poynter said the group will know the fundraising total on Friday. If it meets its goal, the pastor said the group gets to vote on what color she should dye her brown hair.


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She said she's up for anything, but hot pink seems to be the front-runner.

- Reach Mollie Durkin at mdurkin@yorkdispatch.com.