Reflections on the 24 Hour Fast

Published February 16, 2018

Made it – 24 Hours of Fasting….whew!

I started at 7am yesterday.

At noon yesterday….5 hours in… my stomach started growling, and I thought I might be in big trouble.

Some of my reflections throughout the 24 hours were:

  • I am choosing to not eat…many students and families have to choose between paying for rent/utilities and paying for food.
  • The need to eat is a STRONG basic instinct. As the day went on, I found my thoughts often went to food and how much longer I have left before I can eat. Again, many students don’t have that choice…they may not know when they will have proper food to eat.
  • A test of my will happened when my wife and I went grocery shopping. Surrounded by food, I almost entirely concentrating on how hungry I was. Again, I had an end in sight, so I could push through this temporary inconvenience. I can’t imagine how challenging it would be for a student to concentrate on school when they are hungry, and their peers have plenty of access to food during lunch, and they don’t know when their next meal will be.

At 7am this morning, I was quite proud of myself for having made it through the 24 hours. I would definitely do it again. My breakfast of choice…. toasted peanut butter, Nutella and banana sandwich….mmmmm.

Pope Francis said regarding the Season of Lent: “So, no matter how much time you spend fasting, no matter how much you sleep on a hard floor and eat ashes and sigh continually, if you do no good to others, you do nothing great.” Thank you to all who supported and got involved…you have done something great for HCDSB students in need.


Marc Clare

Executive Director, HCCEF