MARQUETTE – Students from Northern Michigan University’s international health issues class will sponsor a “Hoofin’ for Heifer” walk-a-thon as a fundraiser for Heifer International. The event will be held from 4-6 p.m. Monday, March 27, in the Superior Dome. Refreshments will be provided, and participants will be entered into a raffle for prizes.

            Since 1944, Heifer International has been working to end hunger in developing countries by providing long-term, sustainable food sources 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. He shares his knowledge about Heifer International and talks about a Heifer International project he visited in Tanzania,” said Mary Jane Tremethick, professor of health, physical education and recreation. “The students came up with the walk-a-thon as an academic service learning project in response to his presentations.”

            Inspired by Heifer International’s efforts, NMU student Gina Busakowski and her classmates from international health issues researched the issue. They 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 from Schofield, Wis. 

            The general public is invited to participate. Advance online registration is available at www.hoofinforheifer.org. For more information, call 227-2130.

Prepared By
Becky Kratz