Giving it up for 40 hours

World Vision youth ambassador Soreti Kadir is surrounded by the Circular Head Christian School students taking part in this year’s 40 Hour Famine. Picture: Jelena Potpara.

Charity. Over 60 Circular Head Christian School students are taking part in World Visionís 40 Hour Famine.

For 40 hours, between August 16 and 18, the students in grades six to 12 will give up something important to them to raise funds and community awareness to help fight global hunger.

The students have chosen to give up a variety of things including food, technology and furniture, and hope to raise $5000 for the cause.

This year, the 40 Hour Famine is focusing on Malawi, in southern Africa, where about 1.9 million people are impacted by drought, failing crops and dramatically rising food prices.

World Vision youth ambassador Soreti Kadir was at the school on Tuesday, speaking to students about her experience during a recent visit to Malawi.

The student group’s team leader Ashlee Arnold said Ms Kadir’s visit was very inspiring because she drew from her own experiences. She said there had been a great response from students, with over 60 booklets handed out and some booklets of donation receipts already filled, in just two weeks.

Ms Arnold said her own reason for signing up was a personal one. “I have also been over to Africa. I know about poverty. And how little it takes to change someone’s life.”

She said the funds raised from the 40 Hour Famine were not simply a hand-out. They were used to promote and provide a sustainable future for those in poverty.

“That’s what I like about World Vision,” she said.

To make a donation to the school team, visit www.40hourfamine.com.au. The school’s famine ID is 2013 000 531. Or contact Circular Head Christian School on 6452 2379.

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