Concern Worldwide is urging people to give up a habit or activity they normally do for 24-hours for the annual Fast campaign to raise vital funds for children dying from hunger.
Social media, television and video games are among the many things that people can forgo for a day as part of what is now one of Ireland’s longest running fundraising campaigns.
Traditionally, Concern Fast focused on giving up food, but it can now include any activity or habit, such as drinking coffee, smoking, driving, using smart phones or vocalised pauses, which are the fillers people use in sentences when they talk, such as “um”, “ah” and “like”.
The 48-year-old campaign, which began the same year the Irish aid agency was founded in 1968, takes place on Thursday, November 24 and the funds raised will help children suffering in countries like Ethiopia, Syria and South Sudan.
Concern Worldwide’s Director of Public Affairs, Richard Dixon, said: