By Alanna Santoso (Year 11)
A part of our school’s 40 hour famine committee were incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to attend a Famine Planning Session with one of World Vision’s 40 Hour Famine Youth ambassadors: Alyssa.
The 40 Hour Famine is a way for people to get involved in fundraising and supporting World Vision’s efforts, while learning about how others lived and appreciating how privileged we are. The idea is that, for 40 hours, you choose a challenge, whether it’s doing the classic “No Food for 40 Hours”, or doing something a bit different, like living without furniture.
After starting the afternoon off with drinks and a game, the group were able to learn more about World Vision’s 40 Hour Famine, and about our role as students with the opportunity to speak out. Living in New Zealand, we are very privileged- especially during this pandemic. As a result, we often forget how children like us are in situations we cannot begin to imagine. The 40 Hour Famine is one way we can support people in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly as their situations are worsening as a result of the raging COVID-19 Pandemic.
We were also able to get started on planning for the 40 Hour Famine: coming up with fundraising ideas, assigning roles within the group, and deciding on the little details to help the event run smoothly at Sancta Maria College.
Overall, the afternoon was an incredible way to learn more about what we are doing as a community, how we can further help communities in need and a great start to the planning stages of the 40 Hour Famine.
Keep an eye out for 40 Hour Famine registrations coming up soon, so that you can challenge yourself while raising funds for people less privileged.
A big thank you for Alyssa for coming along to help us, and for Mrs Kevern for organising this afternoon.