A group of University of Central Florida students fasted for one day to help raise money for battered women.

The Muslim Student Association at UCF organized the event, called a Fast-A-Thon. The group said they were using the traditions of their culture to help women at ICNA Relief Orlando Women's Shelter.

They said one dollar is donated for every person who pledges to fast.

"When all you can focus on is that you are hungry and that you are thirsty," said Alya Kutik, president of the MSA. "You don’t have time to lie, you don’t really have time to gossip about people, you don’t have time to worry about things because you are so focused on that base drive that we all have.”

UCF student Ben West was part of the group of about 300 people who didn’t eat or drink anything for a day.

West said eventually was happy to break the fast, but says a few meals was worth an effort to help women and learn more about another culture.

“I could give up a few meals for that,” West said.

The MSA said they raised $1,690 during the Fast-A-Thon.

"This is a really cool way to help the community,” West said.