Mother to sacrifice hair after teens fast, raise $2,200


March 02, 2000|By Jean Marie Beall | Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

JOANNE ROWE WILL BE getting a military-style haircut, thanks to the fund-raising efforts of youths in the New Windsor Cluster Group who fasted for 30 hours to help raise money and food for World Vision.

"Last year, Ron Arthur, a youth counselor in our church, agreed to shave his head if the kids raised a certain amount of money," said Brenda Sebastian, a member of Uniontown United Methodist Church, one of two Northwest churches that formed the youth cluster.

"This year Joanne said she would get a military-style haircut if they raised their goal of $2,200," Sebastian said.

Rowe is the mother of Crystal Rowe, 16, one of the youths who participated in the fast.

"We collected more than a thousand pounds of canned food and met our goal of raising $2,200," Arthur said after the fast.

Joanne Rowe said she anticipates comments after she gets her haircut but doesn't mind.

"I always like to be able to do things for a reason," she said. "The children worked hard to do this. There are people who go to bed hungry every night. This is a small sacrifice to make."

World Vision, started 50 years ago, is a privately funded, Christian nonprofit relief and development organization.

Each year it conducts a "30-Hour Famine" to help raise hunger awareness. Sponsors make donations to participants who go 30 hours without food.

Ten youths from two churches in the Northwest area, Uniontown United Methodist Church and St. Paul's United Methodist Church in New Windsor, participated in the fast, which began at 7 p.m. Friday.

Arthur said the youths began their fast at St. Paul's.

"We had some fun stuff, games and then we had Bible study," Arthur said. "Then we went to the old armory in Westminster. The kids played volleyball and basketball."

Arthur said the kids went on a scavenger hunt the next day.

The scavenger hunt took them from Uniontown to New Windsor and Union Bridge and involved collecting canned food. The youths met in Westminster and visited supermarkets to collect food.

Group members finished their fast Saturday at the YMCA in Westminster with a pizza party.

But at least one participant said that eating the pizza after the 30-hour fast was too much for her psychologically.

"I just didn't want to finish the pizza after the famine," said Karen Shaw, 17, of Westminster and a member of the New Windsor Cluster Group. "It was more of a mental thing."

Her sister, Sarah Shaw, 15, also participated.

"It's [fasting] the least you can do to help others," she said. "It's only 30 hours. For other people, they go much longer without food."

One youth said the fast left him more tired than hungry.

"We were constantly doing stuff, so we wouldn't be thinking about food," said Sean Meckel, 14, of Union Bridge.

Other participants included Wayne Moore, 13, Jason Roop, 20, Jeremy Roop, 13, Marcie Sebastian, 14, David Stavely, 15, and Chris Stavely, 14.

Lions Club breakfast

Taneytown Lions Club will hold its spring "All You Can Eat Breakfast" from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. March 18 at Taneytown Carnival Grounds Building.

The breakfast is one of the club's fund-raisers to raise money for sight conservation projects, according to Claude Elmore, a Lions member.

Cost is $4.50 for adults and $2.50 for children age 6 to 12. Children younger than age 6 eat free.

Jean Marie Beall's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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