'Hoofin' for Heifer' at NMU

Students enrolled in Northern's international health issues class are sponsoring a “Hoofin’ for Heifer” walk-a-thon as an academic service learning project. The event, which will serve as a fundraiser for Heifer International, is scheduled from 4-6 p.m. Monday, March 27, in the Superior Dome. Refreshments will be provided. Participants will be eligible for raffle prizes.


Since 1944, Heifer International has been working to end hunger in developing countries by providing long-term, sustainable sources of food such as cows, goats, and chickens to individuals in need. Each food recipient is trained in livestock care and management, and is encouraged to continue the cycle by donating one or two of the animals’ offspring to another family in need.


Professor Emeritus Bill Taggart guest lectures in international health issues each semester," said Mary Jane Tremethick (HPER). "He shares his knowledge about Heifer International and talks about a Heifer International project he visited in Tanzania. This walk-a-thon is a service learning project for the students in response to his presentations.”


Inspired by Heifer International’s efforts, Gina Busakowski and her classmates from international health issues researched the effect of hunger worldwide, and discovered that more than 852 million people suffer from malnutrition and hunger throughout the world.


“The uncomfortable truth is that every day, people literally starve to death. It's important to understand the   deadly impact of hunger, and to realize that men, women and children are dying because they simply don't have enough food,” said Busakowski, a senior criminal justice major. 


The general pubic is invited to this event. To register, visit Hoofin' for Heifer at NMU. For more information, call ext. 2130.


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