College rallies for Famine
The 40 Hour Famine is a youth fundraising event, starting tomorrow and running until Sunday.
It reaches 250,000 individuals each year, with around 90,000 active participants raising about $1.9 million nationwide.
Waihi students are preparing to have a sleepover at their school for 40 hours to show support for the child refugees of South Sudan, this year’s fundraiser.
Each day, about 100 unaccompanied, separated or at-risk children cross the border from South Sudan into Uganda in search of safety.
World Vision says proceeds from this year’s Famine event will be used to fund providing essentials to get those children back on their feet.
“We’re asking a generation of young New Zealanders to stand united with the children of South Sudan to bring them essentials like food, water, shelter and education,”
World Vision New Zealand National Director Grant Bayldon says.
This year, international dancer and choreographer Parris Goebel is ambassador for the 40 Hour famine.
She has travelled to the refugee settlements in Northern Uganda, to see World Vision’s work.
Grant says the 40 Hour Famine will give South Sudanese children hope for a better future.