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Ward of the 21st Century team participates in Fast-a-Thon

UToday HomeAugust 2, 2013

By Julia MacGregor

The W21C team, including some Fast-a-Thon participants, hold some of the collected donations. Photo by Julia MacGregorThe W21C team, including some Fast-a-Thon participants, hold some of the collected donations. Photo by Julia MacGregorIn an effort to give back to those affected by the Southern Alberta flood, the research manager of Ward of the 21st Century proposed a fast-a-thon to raise money for the Canadian Red Cross.

The idea came to Rose Geransar as a Muslim Albertan who is observing the Holy Month of Ramadan, which began on July 10. During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk to increase piety and sincerity, and to show empathy for those less fortunate.

Taking these principles to show self-restraint in a time when many Albertans have lost everything, W21C researchers Nancy Clayden, Greg Hallihan and Holly Wong have all pledged to fast from one to three days to reach their individual fundraising goals and the overall W21C goal of $1,000.

Anyone can join the Fast-a-Thon in Support of Alberta Flood Relief. Greg Hallihan, research associate, Human Factors, joined the cause to capitalize on the generosity of his friends and family to help support fellow Albertans. Nancy Clayden, research assistant, is fasting after aiding in the High River cleanup and witnessing first-hand the devastation of the flooding. She hopes to bring awareness to those affected through her fast. Holly Wong, research associate, also wants to raise awareness through her fasting efforts. Holly is renowned as a foodie and thought the challenge was too great for her to resist.

W21C as a whole has also been collecting personal hygiene products, clothing, towels and other items in high demand by Alberta relief agencies.

To donate, view their fundraising progress and read their stories, visit the Fast-a-Thon Campaign page. The Fast-a-Thon will conclude on Aug. 18, 2013.

W21C is a health care research and innovation centre within the Institute for Public Health in the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Medicine. W21C research is conducted to enhance patient safety and quality of care.


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