Students to Help Fight Hunger With Zombie March, Trick or Eat

October 24, 2012 - News Release

University of Guelph students will don their ghoulish best Oct. 30 and 31 for two events intended to fight hunger this Halloween season — a zombie march and the annual Trick or Eat food drive.

The “Zombie March for Hunger” and flash mob will take place Oct. 30. Costumed students will walk from Johnston Green to a local grocery store, where they will buy canned goods to donate to the Guelph Food Bank as part of Trick or Eat. The event is supported by U of G’s Student Life.

Meet on Johnston Green at 4:30 p.m. for the walk to Metro, located at 500 Edinburgh Rd. S. All costume styles are welcome, said co-organizer Ben Hayes, a third-year landscape architecture student.

“This is the first in a series of flash mobs that we will be organizing over the coming months, all designed to highlight in fun ways how we can all make a difference through little habits in our day-to-day lives,” he said.

The event is sponsored by We Change the World, an organization created by U of G students and friends. The group uses multimedia to encourage Guelph-area residents to share ideas and activities.

“The focus of this initiative is to show that changing the world is not about big people doing big things but about everyday people like you and I doing everyday things — and when we do this collectively, it creates big change,” Alton said.

Canned goods collected during the walk will be added to food donations from Trick or Eat, to be held Halloween night, Oct. 31, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Costumed students will collect food door- to-door for the Guelph Food Bank.

The annual Trick or Eat campaign is organized by Meal Exchange, a national student-run organization engaging students from 30 Canadian campuses in tackling local hunger.

U of G students have taken part in Trick or Eat since 2002. Last year, some 1,300 students collected more than 43,000 pounds of food.

“We hope to raise over 45,000 pounds of food this year with the help of 1,500 participants,” said Anthony Ngai, Meal Exchange co-ordinator.

Students can register online as teams or individuals. The event will begin in the University Centre at 4:30 p.m. with a video message from TV personality Rick Mercer and with appearances by U of G president Alastair Summerlee and Guelph Food Bank officials. Buses will take students from the UC to Guelph neighbourhoods and back.

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