Darfur Fast for Life

We fast in solidarity with the hungry and starving in Darfur and for lasting peace in Sudan
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I was lucky enough to be asked by Pam Omidyar to join in this fight for Darfur. It was a casual conversation and something that was just ‘brought up’ but the second it was discussed… I felt the power of doing something for the greater good. As I sat with the thought of the opportunity that was set before me, I wondered how I could share this feeling, this enrichment to others. I immediately thought of my ‘Survivor’ family. I reached out and they answered. Here is to all who have felt powerless, lost or in need. Thank you Mia for opening my eyes. I can’t wait to learn more.
— Coby Archa

Scout’s Journal – End of Fast

July 08, 2009 By: Admin Category: Survivor Cast

I drove 14 hours to Bloomington, Indiana on July 2nd. On July 3rd we focused all our attention on building a Sweating Lodge in which to circle and pray. It took all day, and held our focus to our cause. It rained on July 4th….It poured. It was the day of our Sweat. A circle of 8 women came together to pray. We had to build our fire in the rain, and then keep it going for 6 hours. It totally held my focus. Thus, hunger did not come. Just thirst. It reminded me totally of Vanuatu. It rained so much and we had to keep our fire going. It was cold and wet. Hunger was the least of our concerns. It was beautiful to be in the presence of women devoted to coming together though very tough circumstances in order to pray for others. I was so grateful that our fast would end. The people of Darfur have no choice. My our prayers reach all who can help stop this hunger and abuse. Bless the people of Darfur.

— Scout

Mike Skupin’s Journal – The 72nd hour …

July 05, 2009 By: Admin Category: Survivor Cast

Finally, the end of the third day, the end of the 72 hour fast is here. Can you imagine how many meals I’ve planned in my head over the past 3 days? You’d imagine I’d have spent the last 2 hours of the fast preparing food, laying out everything perfectly, main course(s), side-dish(es), drink (anything but water) then clock-watching until the hour struck yet it came and went amazingly anticlimactically. The actual act of non-eating astonishingly became more the norm than eating. After a while “the cause begins to consume you and the fight begins to transcend the pain of hunger.

I could journal for hours of the internal perspective you realize about yourself, about the world, about others through this process. It’s an amazing adventure, ever part of it!

I know one thing for sure; it will be a very long time if ever that I take a meal for granted or sip a beverage without thinking about those kids.

I have well over 3,000 Facebook friends and will post this opportunity….curious to see how many will join this war and starvation.

Sadly, we all become a bit self-absorbed in our own lives, we are blessed with so much but to take a moment for a stranger, an angel, a fellow brother or sister requires more effort than we are often willing to give it.

I may have been that guy. This fast did more to change me internally possibly than any awareness or difference I may make for those hungry kids. Many more people in need will benefit as a result of my three day fast.

Understand, this is so much more than not eating for 3-days. I suggest it’s impossible not to change internally for the much, much better. I challenge you to become that change for yourself and for those in need.

Tomorrow it’s life as usual for me. Everything’s back to normal. The abundance of food is back. The physical pangs and the emotional torture of the fast will be gone. This “light at the end of my hunger tunnel” is here. I still can’t stop thinking that those kids have no light. There is not an “end” to their pain unless we become that “end”.

This was my first fast, it will certainly not be my last

God Bless all of you,

Michael Skupin

Coby Archa’s Journal – Day 3

July 04, 2009 By: Admin Category: Survivor Cast

Independence Day what does that mean? Well obviously it means we are independent but I think for most Americans…it stands for freedom. Not from another country even in our modern heads but from our own country I realize. We can vote, eat and live where we want to. That is the biggest lesson I have learned doing research on Darfur is that the tyrant of President of Sudan, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, has not only been accused of atrocities on to man but that he has cut his own people off from any foreign ad. The country in which he is a figure head and ‘protector’ are the same people he is killing while displacing people that are dependent on that aid…about a million (1.1 million to be exact just in Sudan). One million will starve he doesn’t let someone help.

A million. That brings it all full circle. That is how I got here. We are a group of people who played a game on Tv for a million dollars, more money than most of us can conceive. For every dollar I can imagine I am putting a child, woman or man’s face on it to try and imagine…a million people going hungry in one small area compared to the rest of the world.

Mind bobbling.

Some people have praised this Survivor group and some have thought we were silly…but either way we made some people think. And for that I am grateful.

p.s. As far as the physical side effects this has sucked! Last night was really hard and today I feel very loopy but plan to stick this out til midnight tonight since I started it midnight on Wednesday! I feel so lucky to be able to physically do this and feel lucky again in being chosen to be involved as a pebble.

Once again if anyone with the connections can make it happen I am sure this group would be happy to go to any country and do bigger and better work. It is something I will put my mind too!

Thanks again for all the support and don’t forget about the chain once we are done!

Coby

Wanda Shirk’s Journal – Morning of Day Three:

July 04, 2009 By: Admin Category: Survivor Cast

Weighed 130.0 this morning after my morning 3-mile run. Down 4.6 pounds from the start of the fast. My “run” was the slowest in the past five years (since before I got in shape for Palau). I really feel tired, weak, and worn. Pretty Zombie-like. Yesterday morning I was still strong, but this morning I feel very empty of everything — food, energy, motivation.

Someone said, “No one’s supervising you. Just eat and say you didn’t. Pretend.” But I don’t operate like that. I have more integrity than that.

When my children were young, I read an article in a magazine called Moody Monthly that encouraged parents to decide what top five values or character traits they wanted to instill in their children. It was no trouble at all for me to identify Self Discipline as number one on the list of traits I valued. That ties into this. Fasting is pure personal self-discipline. By the way, the other four character traits on my list were thoughtfulness, thankfulness, cheerfulness, and honesty.
So — I’ll be hanging in there today on the water-wagon. I thought about doing the Jewish or Muslim style fast which ends at sunset, but I think I’d rather wait till tomorrow morning to eat. I can do it.. And it does remind me of the folks in Darfur who can accomplish so little because without food, there just is not the daily strength to accomplish a lot. That even goes for me, a slightly-stocky person with plenty of body fat to live on for awhile!

Smiles,
Wanda

Mike Skupin’s Journal – Day 3 – 9am

July 04, 2009 By: Admin Category: Survivor Cast

57 hours into the 72 hour fast. The physical is beginning to ebb its way into my spirit a bit as the fight continues. I’m training my son for football and the rest of the family also joins in. We’re on day one. Today we’ll time ourselves in the 40, 100, ¼ mile, # of push-ups you can do in 60 seconds and an overall general workout. I record and post all data on a spreadsheet which stays on the fridge to chart progress and improvements. By the first week of August, we’ll all be in great shape (at least that’s the plan).

This morning will be way more challenging than usual for me. It’s amazing how much we take for granted how nutrition affects every fiber of our being. Even thoughts and reactions are labored. Thank God for water, which I’m consuming well over a gallon a day of. Partially to hydrate but more so to satiate the yearning for something in my stomach….I know I’ll make it, yet instead of feeling victorious, I feel saddened….there is a light at the end of my tunnel (in 15 hours I get to eat), there is no light for those kids. We may be the only light they can hope for.

The question is….Will we be that hope or continue to watch from afar? How can we help? How can I do more? How can I make a difference? How can I impact, there are sooooo many. It reminds me of “The Starfish Story”

While walking along a beach, a man saw in the distance what looked like a boy dancing.
He was encouraged by the outward expression of someone dancing to the new day on the beach, and he approached the young man. As he got closer, he realized that the young man was actually running, leaning down, picking something up and then gently throwing it far into the ocean.

As he came closer, he saw thousands of starfish the tide had thrown onto the beach. Unable to return to the ocean during low tide, the starfish were dying. He observed the young man picking up the starfish one by one and throwing them back.

After watching the seemingly futile effort, the observer said to the young man, “There must be thousands of starfish on this beach. It would be impossible for you to get to all of them. There are simply too many. You can’t possibly save enough to make a difference.”

The young man smiled as he continued to pick up another starfish and toss it back into the ocean.

“It made a difference to that one,” he replied.

The older man shook his head at the impossible optimism of the young man, and then turned away and walked home. That night, he sat for a long time thinking of the young man, and determined that the young man was really affecting the world and taking action to make a difference. Something that the older man would like to do. That night he slept fitfully. In the morning, he awoke, went down to the beach and found the young man again. Then together, they went along the beach shore tossing starfish back into the ocean.

–Author Unknown

Kimberly D. Mullen – Updates from Reflections….

July 03, 2009 By: Admin Category: Survivor Cast

After 40 hours of reflecting and remembering the significance that hunger can have upon the masses (control, lack of motivation, death, etc), I’m switching to celebrating our independence on my favorite holiday!! I’ll stick to 1000 calorie refugee rations through tomorrow. Freedom and prosperity are just two beautiful gifts we have earned and continue to be blessed with. With that in mind, as with other charities/causes, I hope we all physically do something to contribute. I’ve never been one to believe in chaining myself to a tree or some gates to make a statement. It’s about action and taking charge. I’m of no use to the world if I’m not capable of doing anything given a moments notice. :-)

Much love,
Kim

Kimberly D. Mullen’s Journal – Day 2

July 03, 2009 By: Admin Category: Survivor Cast

I’ve been asked “why are you fasting for Darfur?” and “What good does that do?” In fact, there is a great article that Andy Dehnart took the time to produce yesterday about this. Let me start by saying he makes a valid point, but seems to miss the purpose. It’s about generating publicity to a cause. (Just like his article did!) Let’s discuss why I am doing this via the audience in a hypothetical scenario. I hope anyone taking the time to read it – Andy too – will understand.

Let’s assume my name is John Doe and I live in Coshoctan, Ohio. (Get your google map out to locate Coshoctan, or maybe even Ohio, if you missed that lesson in school.) I’m an everyday person, I have a wife, two kids, a 9-to-5 job that I hate, a mortgage, a cat, a dog, and an aquarium that hasn’t been used or cleaned in months yet has enough algae to be titled “The Science Experiment in the Living Room” by my adoring children. I hear about world events on the news – Tom Brokaw used to deliver me the messages and now I browse numerous channels and sometimes watch Katie Couric. Still, all the events seem so alien to me – genocides, civil wars, missile launches and starvation. Starving to me is when my wife is late for dinner and I wait an extra hour to visit the Chinese Buffet (yum!). To be honest, I can’t even figure out the boroughs of New York City, or what the h*ll the 405 is that my LA peers discuss sitting on for hours. Sounds painful to me. With that in mind, how am I ever supposed to understand famines in Asia or Africa, much less the what’s occurring in Sudan or actually find Darfur on the map? I’ll settle for waiting in line at the drive through for some nachos. Thank you.

Luckily on Thursday nights there is a show on CBS called Survivor. My boss, who relocated to my town last year from Boston, playfully teases me for watching the show. Most of my “Big City” friends and coworkers often do. I adore the show – the crazy antics, mind games, the stories of adventure, love, deceit and the best are the plots to overthrown one another all while isolated in a remote location – sometimes the desert, sometimes a beach. I tried to discuss the show with my boss but when I mention Borneo, Tocantins, or Palau he looks at me like I’m nuts and asks “Are those Midwestern towns?” I laugh and walk away shaking my head thinking “Mr. Educated needs to take a few more world geography lessons, or maybe watch a couple seasons of Survivor, to keep up with me.”

So I was intrigued this morning while reading a message board (yes, my fellow fans and I post often about Survivor and read of the castmates’ lives) to see a link to Fast for Darfur. Some of the castmates I watched are willingly drinking water and eating nothing or next to nothing during a holiday weekend. Why would they do that and not have the chance to win a million dollars? Interested to learn more, I click on the link and read about Darfur. I’d seen a special on CNN about it, but to be honest, it bored me and I didn’t understand why I should care. This time, however, I my interest is peaked — the castmates of Survivor are people that I can relate to and understand – we have a lot in common…. If this is something that is important to them, and they aren’t even being paid to discuss it, then I should pay a little more attention too!! After reading their journal entries, I found myself surfing the net for other articles, maps, and statistics. By the end of my session, I was angry that I never knew this was going on – or at least never took the time to fully understand. To be honest I could never relate before, and I know that isn’t a great excuse, but it’s true. I copy and past the information and website link, and forward along to my database of email addresses. I find myself thinking that people need to know what is going on there. It isn’t just happening in Darfur, it’s happening everywhere and we’re too blinded by meaningless nonsense to care/know. I’m now motivated to find other issues that are going on in the world, maybe research some of the countries my favorite show has been filmed on and see what I can learn. Then I can discuss it with my coworkers, continue the chain, and gain some support for people going through horrid torment everywhere. If no one says anything, these people will be forgotten. I’m going to use my knowledge and apply it to world events. Come to think of it, I recently saw where some detainees from Guantanemo were being sent to Palau (where Season 10 of Survivor was filmed). In fact, my 80 year old mother called to tell me the news, who learned about the country while following Survivor.

Survivor has become an avenue of knowledge for me. It not only provides me with entertainment but each season gives me free lessons in psychology, survival skills, puzzles, and geography. The castmates that go on to discuss world events and bring attention to numerous causes help me to contribute to the world by making me aware of events and speaking out or gaining support. Sometimes it might just be through talks at the water cooler in my office, but I hope that they dialogue keeps going when they leave me. Survivor connects me to something I might not have previously understood or even cared about. Without awareness, discussions, and sometimes arguments, the problems aren’t disclosed to the general public in a manner which we understand. Without knowing a problem exists, how can it ever be solved. No matter how the message gets out there, it needs to get out there and people relate to different groups. Some people relate and understand their professors, award-winning actors/actresses like Brad Pitt, entrepreneurs and businessmen like Bill Gates or Warren Buffett, or Grammy award winning musicians. I, however, can relate the best to the cast of my favorite reality show, Survivor.

— Kimberly

Coby’s Journal – Day 2, part 2

July 03, 2009 By: Admin Category: Survivor Cast

Normally I wouldn’t address negative press on a site that is trying to do something so positive but I think they have a good point…

http://www.realityblurred.com/realitytv/archives/survivor_palau/2009_Jul_02_cast_fast_darfur

I understand how some people may think we are doing this just for a ‘look at me’ point of view. I mean we were just contestants on a reality show, who do we think we are?
But I also know that other people are seeing that with a small pebble we are trying to make a big wave. I know me in my spoiled life not eating for 3 days does nothing for the pain and suffering for the people in Darfur and what they are going through. I know it isn’t like I am passing out medical supplies (their president has put a stop to that) to the children that are displaced (THOUGH I WOULD LOVE TO PLEASE SOMEONE READING THIS HELP MAKE THAT HAPPEN AND ALL 5 OF US WOULD BE ON A PLANE). I know to some what we are doing is silly. But to me..it is a beginning. If it wasn’t for Mia I would have known anything about these peoples plight. And education of the problem is a start but this article is sooooo right…where does it finish?

Coby Archa’s Journal – Day 2

July 03, 2009 By: Admin Category: Survivor Cast

So I am waking up surprisingly spry! I have had a steady burst of energy through most of this, almost like I had a cup of coffee. I am finding it hard to concentrate though and my obsession with food disgust is never far from my mind. I almost ‘accidentally’ ate several times yesterday. Almost licked the knife making my daughter a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for school, grabbed a piece of chocolate at work (thanks Devon for stopping me). It was funny at the time just how easy it was to grab some food without thinking. Now of course, it has a deeper thought of how lucky we are that food is so EASY for us to grab without thinking. I don’t know what we can do as Americans to retrain ourselves to ‘think’ before eating? Well nobody is perfect but for 3 days…I am trying. The thought of watching my daughter starve and not knowing where to have her next meal is bringing me to tears. Bless and peace to everyone in the world who has to think too much about where they will get their next meal.

— Coby

Wanda Shirk’s Journal – Day 2

July 03, 2009 By: Admin Category: Survivor Cast

Day Two:
Well, yesterday morning, at the start of the fast, I weighed in at 134.6. This morning I weighed 132.2. So – a drop of 2.4 pounds, almost two-and-a-half. I could stand more of that! (Jolanda would always say, “Shirk, you’re always doin’ all that math sh*t in your head!”)

No school today, because in the summer the custodians work four-tens, Monday through Thursday, and the school is locked on Friday. So this morning I went out and ran about 3 miles. The run went fine, and in fact my time was a little better than the last run. Felt great to be carrying a little less fat! I weighed myself again after the run, and was 131.8. Boy, I would like to get to the low side of 130 again. So there will be good effects from skipping food for a couple days.

My dad used to tell a story about an old farmer who was so poor he couldn’t afford to feed his horse through the winter. He decided to train the horse not to eat. Had him almost trained, but then he died.

Guess that’s the way it works in Darfur. We have it so good here, we don’t know what it’s like to struggle to survive. Instead of trying to find a little bit of something, anything, to eat, we walk around in the midst of plenty, with dozens of menu options. Our struggle is to choose. Maybe we should more often struggle to refuse. “My country ’tis of thee, Land of OBESITY, of thee I sing.” — Whoops! Singing again, and I’m off the island!

Smiles,
Wanda

Kimberly D. Mullen’s Journal – Day 1

July 03, 2009 By: Admin Category: Survivor Cast

I made an agreement with myself that while I was fasting for Darfur and reflecting upon it’s significance, I’d not read the journals of others in order to avoid a) having my thoughts swayed and b) realizing that my ability to communicate via a blog is inferior to my amazing fellow ‘Survivors’ and previous fasters. All kidding aside, this is to bring awareness to a horrid situation and I feel honored to contribute to raising awareness for the cause.

So often we look at charity events as raising money, attending a benefit full of festivities, writing a check, or wearing an organization’s t-shirt. While all of those are great and any help should be welcomed, what we are forgetting is that as long as we stay silent and don’t inform the world at large, no one will do anything. We can not idly sit back and assume the person next to us, an elected official or even a higher power alone can or will save those struggling to survive. It is up to us to voice our opinions, raise awareness and demand that rulers take care of their people and contribute to mankind. It must start somewhere and the people of Darfur need our help. We need to be their cheerleaders.

I’m asked frequently what it was like to do the show, Survivor, and if I did it for fame? What most people don’t know is I did the show to test my abilities and to travel – the money would have been icing on the cake. (Remember, I’m hungry right now….) I’d been studying the early communities of Africa in graduate school when I met a previous contestant. Being a fan of endurance activities, risk taking, psychology of mankind, experiencing new things and traveling the world, I thought “wow, this is the perfect opportunity!” During my studies, I’d been fascinated by the necessity of fire and how we are able to progress once our basic needs have been met. (Fire, water, shelter, hunting, etc) Little did I understand that within weeks of studying that topic, I’d be living it. Where am I going with this point, you may ask? It’s quite simple. While fasting I’ve been reminded that what I experienced while out on the island is what thousands experience on a daily basis. Without shelter to rest in and clean water to drink, the odds for survival are stacked against anyone. It is only when basic needs are met that man can prosper. It’s no wonder evil dictators around the world starve their people. Starving people are generally submissive and pose no threat. With this in mind, it’s easy to understand why said leaders turn food and water from aid organizations away or hide it from their people. Once their basic needs are met, they’ll have the energy and clarity to realize who has done this to them and the strength to stop the cycle. That’s why it is up to each and every one of us to not allow what is happening in Darfur to continue. Empowering the people of Darfur is a necessity. They aren’t just blank names and empty faces of the world. It’s quite possible that within the 300,000 people that have already died, a child that could have cured cancer and a future world leader died as well.

It’s up to all of us to work together and demand change. You might think “I am too old/young to do anything,” or “no one takes me seriously” — but those thoughts are preposterous. It’s about finding within you what your strengths are and what you bring to the table. There is a whole world out there that can balance your weaknesses – you just need to be aware of them and ask. All one truly needs is a good heart, the desire for change/end to injustice and the voice to seek help in creating a game plan to make the world a better place.

I’ll leave everyone with one of my favorite quotes to ponder.

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

— Kimberly

Mike Skupin’s Journal – Day 1

July 02, 2009 By: Admin Category: Survivor Cast

Began fast at 12am midnight Wednesday night.

I was advised against fasting at this time as this is the “holiday weekend” but my “survivor brother” Coby Archa reminded me the people we’re doing this for don’t have the option of eating like that and after all, we are “Survivors” and we make no excuses so I forged ahead.

I was a contestant on the second season of Survivor “The Australian Outback” and we went almost 3 days without food. We were given a large bag of rice but it rained 22 of the 42 days out there and we often couldn’t get a fire going to cook the rice so we often ate off the land. Although I’m no stranger to being hungry, this will still be no easy task but I journey ahead in appreciation of the fight we’re battling here against hunger.

Day one 8am (8 hours into the fast)

A little history on 47-year old self is that I work out a lot to try and stay ahead of father-time and am an avid researcher of nutrition. As a result I eat 6-7 smaller meals a day vs. the traditional 3 (b’fast lunch and dinner). I’m usually up around 3am and within minutes am eating a healthy portion of steel cut oats with added protein and fresh fruit. Today I fasted. Mentally it was a challenge but physically it was not an issue.

Understand that although missing one meal may seem trite, when it’s a habit it throws you out of your routine and you never stop thinking about it. I’d be eating my second meal about now. It’s a recovery day for me from a hard workout yesterday so I don’t think a workout will be in my day. Mentally, I’d love to bite into something, physically still no issues.

— Mike

Coby Archa’s Journal – Day 1

July 02, 2009 By: Admin Category: Survivor Cast

So everyone keeps asking me ” How do you feel?” Well honestly ‘physically’ I am feeling fine. Mentally not so good. I can’t believe how much I keep thinking about food. I have a lot of friends who have quit smoking and they often say they don’t miss the cigs as much as the habit, something to do with their hands etc. I feel like someone quitting smoking and that food has become a habit. I am so grossly blessed with such easy access to food that I have the privilege to take it for granted. Little disgusted with myself to me honest and how far I have come away from my experience on Survivor. Humans are so easy to forget things…thanks Mia for reminding me.

— Coby

Wanda Shirk’s Journal – Day 1

July 02, 2009 By: Admin Category: Survivor Cast

1:30 p.m. Thursday July 2

Well — I’ve been up seven hours now and have consumed three cups of plain hot water today, and nothing more.

I keep thinking, “I need to get myself something to eat!” and then I keep thinking, “No! I said I wasn’t doing that today!”

Here’s a surprising incident: I’m teaching summer school, and this 9th grader named Mike has a correspondence school packet of stuff he has to do and I have to help him with if he has questions. So part of his assignment is to use the word fast in two sentences, once as a verb, and once as an adverb. He says to me, “Mrs. Shirk, what’s fast as a verb? Is it like fast forward a tape?” Wow! He really didn’t know what it meant to fast. I explained it to him. He follows up, “Do you ever fast?” I said, “Mike, did you happen to notice that fifteen minutes ago I poured hot water from that hot pot (it was a chilly morning here in the mountains of Pennsylvania) into my cup, and I didn’t add hot chocolate or a tea bag or instant coffee or anything? I’m just drinking plain water. That’s because I’m fasting today!” Then I explained to him all about Darfur, and why some people are fasting, etc. Quite the amazing coincidence that the word fast just happened to come up in one kid’s work today and we had a chance to talk about it!

I almost never have headaches, but I have a little bit of a headache right now, which I think some food would cure. But that won’t happen. I’m hanging in there so far!

Wanda

Coby Archa joins Darfur Fast for Life

July 01, 2009 By: Admin Category: Survivor Cast

survivorCoby Archa is a 36 year old single father who has recently moved to Southern California via Texas to work at the Kim Vo salon at The Montage Hotel. He has a 4 year old daughter named Janu who he named after a friend on Survivor and because of his daughter, he has the strength to see the world a better place. Coby appeared on Survivor Palau, Tease with Lisa Rinna, Today show and many others. All of his experiences opening his eyes to the world. When Coby first heard of Darfur’s plight and Mia Farrow’s amazing dedication to the helping of others he thought, “Wow, I wish I could do something like that!” And now…he is! He asked some of his Survivor friends to do the same.. Here is to hoping a small pebble can make a big wave.

Wanda Shirk joins Darfur Fast for Life

July 01, 2009 By: Admin Category: Survivor Cast

SURVIVOR: PALAUWanda Shirk of Survivor 10: Palua, will keep on singing and smiling, but won’t be singing for her supper on July 2, 3, or 4. She’ll just sing to annoy Coby while the two of them are fasting and enjoying big glasses of water that may be better than what some of the poor folks in Darfur are getting these days.

Wanda always has had a heart for the suffering of the less fortunate. In fact, her Survivor audition tape, which was in the format of a TV newscast, included this segment: (Wanda jumps out of tent-hammock):

“Financial news is next. Check out my home away from home. No, it’s not the Hilton or the Holiday Inn. I know how to live cheap. I believe we should live simply so that others can simply live, and I’ve always practiced what I learned as a kid, to give at least 10% of everything I earn to help the less fortunate.

(Picks up ukelele and sings:)
With a million bucks to share, I’d help people everywhere
In third world countries where they’re suffering.
There are people who are poor, and I want to help them more,

And so to you my energies I bring!
Yes, Wanda wants to be on CBS TV –
She will help to make your show a lot of fun!
She has personality, and she’s clever as can be –
That’s the reason why you ought to pick ME!”

Wanda has supported World Vision and Children International kids for twenty years, and donations for Care, Oxfam, Doctors Without Borders, and several other organizations come automatically out of her checking account every month. Participating in this three-day fast will be another way of showing support for what she believes in, a life lived for others.

Wanda has been a high school English teacher for 32 years.. She has a son and a daughter and has had 25 foster children and three foreign exchange students (from Germany, Ukraine, and Norway) live with her over past years. She is chairman of the Potter County Planning Commission, vice president of the local fire company auxiliary, a trustee of the local library, vice president of the Keystone Trails Association, a board member of the Susquehannock Trail Club, and former president of the Potter County Foster Parent Association. The school yearbook was dedicated to her in 1998 and 2009.

Mike Skupin joins Darfur Fast for Life

June 30, 2009 By: Admin Category: Survivor Cast

michael_290You’ll remember Mike “Scoop” Skupin from CBS’s hit reality show SURVIVOR “THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK”. This popular show became the most watched show in the history of television. Mike was the guy who was headed for the winning circle when he tragically passed out into a fire and was medi-vaced by helicopter to the hospital. 5 different burn surgeons told Mike he’d have to have skin graft surgery to repair his hands. After 10 days in the intensive care unit, as Mike was being wheeled to surgery, the chief of surgery removed his bandages and said “I’ve been the Chief of Surgery in the number one burn center in Australia for 35 years and what’s happened to your hands is medically in-explainable.

Mike’s story is incredibly inspirational about how his hands were miraculously healed and life’s lessons he learned in the Outback. Mike talks about how stripped of everything familiar to him including food, shelter, electronics, cell phones, pagers, family and friends, he was able to see so much more clearly the life he was missing out on. Mike is determined to reach peoples souls with a very encouraging and endearing message of family, priorities, and life’s lessons. Mike uses humor, exciting stories, dramatic videos from the Outback and combines them into an adventure story. His popularity has only increased since the show aired in 2001 as his “post-survivor” events have landed him in the national headlines on seven different occasions as he has survived a burning building, a plane crash, being pepper sprayed by activists and a potential US Senate race.

Mike has always been the exception to the rule and has been described as adventurous, a thrill-seeker, and a risk taker. One of four children born just 5 years apart, Mike and family suffered the loss of his father to cancer when he was only four. But with the support of a wonderful mother and God’s blessing, he was overcame that and was successful in school, sports and business career.

Besides motivational speaking and a book he is co-authoring with Steven Covey, Ken Blanchard and Brian Tracy called “Discovering Your Inner Strength) (due out this summer), his career has consisted of office equipment sales where he was ranked #1 nationally 6 years in a row of 3,500 employees, surgical and operating room equipment sales with a billion dollar company where he was ranked 2nd nationally , and serving as a barefoot water-ski instructor. Michael also co-founded a software publishing and distribution company in 1992 where he currently serves as president. Through creative distribution and downloads, his company has produced over 25 million CD’s….more than Brittany Spears and N’sync combined!

Mike has spoken almost 2,000 times to over 8 million people at live events and over one billion people through television, radio and print media. He speaks all over the world at schools, churches, camps, corporate events, stadium events and has made a lifetime commitment to sharing motivational and inspirational messages. Mike has several messages including; Breaking the “I Can’t” Attitude, “How To Motivated in an Unmotivated World”, “Leadership & What makes Great Leaders” “Several Customized Sales Training Programs”, “How to Have a Genuine Relationship with Your Family”, “Destructive Behaviors and How to Avoid them Permanently”

Originally from Farmington Hills, Michigan, Skupin currently lives in White Lake, Michigan with his wife Karen and their 7 children. Michael (20), Kalyn (18), Brandon (13), Emily (12), Jaclyn (11), Leo (7) and Kristie (3).

Dr. Scout Cloud Lee joins Darfur Fast for Life

June 30, 2009 By: Admin Category: Survivor Cast

scout-cloud-leeIf you like Will Rogers , you’ll love Scout! When a director of the Smithsonian Institute met Scout on the set of STAR TREK: The New Generation, he exclaimed,…”Young Lady, I would cast your image in bronze and stand it in the Smithsonian to represent ‘The Spirit of the Pioneering Woman in America today!”

Dr. Scout Cloud Lee is a master of “LIVING YOUR DREAMS”. She is a breathtakingly, inspirational, motivational entertainer…a type of

“Moti-Edu-Tainer”. She is a speaker, author, story-teller par excellent, corporate executive and corporate trainer, song-writer, singer, musician, and artist…and she has a story to tell. Scout is a CHEERLEADER FOR THE 21st CENTURY who knows all about “pulling herself up by the bootstraps”. She has survived divorce, bankruptcy, artificial knee and shoulder replacements, terminal cancer, the near loss of her greatest love, and 38 days on the CBS hit show, Survivor. She has now become a Master of Celebration and a stunning feminine model of “LIVING YOUR DREAMS”.

One of her books, THE CIRCLE IS SACRED, openly presents ancient wisdoms and contemporary spirituality as a vital part of RESPIRITING ORGANIZATIONS in the new millennium. A more recent book, SWORN TO FUN: Celebrate Every Little Thing, is a collection of profound TOOLS for Re-creating our life and our world on a daily basis. She has five completed books currently being pitched, the latest of which is a formula for co-creating with God. It is called, THE FORMULA: Playing With God. Scout is a female Will Rogers, presenting her truths in a riveting, yet simple, spell-binding, down-home way.

How we individually participate in the creation of our lives is at the core of Scout’s work, play, and music. Scout walks her talk! She picked up a hammer and built her own hogan-style home, ranch house, cabins, and ceremonial village. She is internationally known for a communication technology known as “THE EXCELLENCE PRINCIPLE”, and corporate trainings called “THE CHALLENGE OF EXCELLENCE” and “TRACKING PEAK PERFORMANCE”. Some of her steady clients include The United States Postal Service, The Federal Aviation Administration, The Department of Transportation, Ford Motor Company, Kimberly-Clark, The Chickasaw Nation, Johnson and Johnson, and The Institute for Management Studies. Her basis of appeal extends from keynoting IBM International and corporate training in Washington, D.C. to writing and performing music globally.

In the last few years, Scout has added her own original “Global Gypsy Rock and Country Funk Music” and cowgirl poetry to her motivational shows. Her music is UP-BEAT and TOE-TAPPIN’…and deeply moving in it’s message. Scout’s latest CD’s, MOUNTAIN MOVIN’ MEDICINE , LOVE MEDICINE, HOME

ON THE RANCH, AND CLOUD 9 are joyful statements of the truth of her “medicine” for the 21st Century. To experience Scout is to come away knowing that “Dreams Really Do Come True”.

Scout is more than an expert on LIVING YOUR DREAMS. She is a person with charisma and that special ability to walk on stage and grab any audience until all you can hear is the sound of the audience breathing. She is a MOTIVATIONAL MASTER with stage presence, courage, charisma, and a moving message for our New Millennium. She is simply spellbinding as she weaves together original stories, songs, challenges to move us all into the middle of our deepest desires. She’s FUN!

Some of Scout’s favorite topics include: Pumped Up and Powerful, Survive and Thrive, Celebrating Differences Differently, The Change That Changes Changing, and The Formula: For Getting What You Really, Really, Really Want. Scout’s fees are on a sliding scale ranging from $1,200 to 5,000 per day, plus expenses.

Janu Tornell joins Darfur Fast for Life

June 30, 2009 By: Admin Category: Survivor Cast

janutJanu Tornell is of Cuban/Mexican heritage and a native of Las Vegas, Nevada. She currently is a professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she teaches Spanish and French. She recently finished her 14 year career as a Folies Bergere lead showgirl at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. She appeared in many media outlets for the Folies Bergere as their spokesperson. In 2004, she left the stage to be part of the cast of Survivor Palau on CBS. “My experience on Survivor is one that will forever be in my heart and mind as it solidified the significance of appreciation for what I am blessed with in this life.” She was asked by her fellow Survivor tribe mate and friend Coby Archa to take part in this fight for the people of Darfur her only answer was “Count me in!” “It is important to stand up for the less fortunate”. She hopes that everyone joins in on this most urgent cause.

Kimberly D. Mullen joins Darfur Fast for Life

June 30, 2009 By: Admin Category: Survivor Cast

kimKimberly D. Mullen currently resides in Manhattan and works in finance. Ms. Mullen was a contestant on Survivor Palau and is a former Miss USA contestant (Miss Ohio USA 2002), fashion model and entertainment professional having lived and worked in Miami, NYC, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Europe. She’s a graduate of The Ohio State University where she earned her degree in International Studies & Arabic, Political Science and Psychology. Ms. Mullen received the prestigious State of Ohio Award of Recognition for her outstanding achievements in academics, social awareness and charitable contributions. She also pursued a Master of Humanities degree as a graduate student at Wright State University. Her interests include traveling, sports (i.e. college football, soccer, etc), learning new languages/cultures, SCUBA diving, working out, contemporary art, movies, literature and skydiving. She supports such charities as UNICEF, International Red Cross, Breast and Ovarian Cancer Awareness, Tribeca Film Institute, Suicide Awareness, Volunteers of America, and American Cancer Socety.