Col­lege ral­lies for Famine

Waihi Leader - - News -

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.

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