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SHORTER UNIVERSITY STUDENTS TO SPEND SEASON OF LENT FASTING, PRAYING AND COLLECTING MONEY TO STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Written by Matt Davis on February 22, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

Yesterday was, of course, Mardi Gras.  Today is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the season of Lent.  The Lenten season leads up to Easter, which falls on April 8th this year.

Some Shorter University students will spend the season of Lent fasting, praying and collecting money to stop human trafficking.  Shorter’s chapter of Not for Sale is working to raise awareness and financial support to put an end to human trafficking through a new faith-based initiative.  The group of 16 students and their faculty advisor, Linda Palumbo Olszankski, will kick off the “Fast for Freedom” event by gathering in the front circle for a time of prayer and fasting at 3 pm.  The prayer time is organized to coincide with Ash Wednesday and will continue through the 40-day season of Lent, according to a Shorter media release.  Students participating in the prayer time will also fast one meal a day and give the money that they would have used for that meal to the national non-profit Not For Sale organization.  Orange buckets will also be around campus for those wishing to donate.

By:  Elizabeth Davis

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