Do you remember the 40 Hour Famine from your school years? It was a big part of my world, and looking back I think it may have been one of the first signs of my charitable tendencies! Do you also have memories of making yourself sick on barley sugars and guzzling water with your friends? As a Fundraiser in my day job, I was blown away to read some of the facts and achievements of this extraordinary campaign.
My Top Ten 40 Hour Famine Facts:
♡ Australians have raised approximately $200 million in the past 40 years in the 40 Hour Famine.
♡ More than half of all schools in Australia have participated in the 40 Hour Famine at some point in the past 40 years.
♡ Approximately 20 countries and 400,000 young people take part each year – making it one of the largest youth fundraising and education events globally,
♡ For many young Australians, the 40 Hour Famine was the first form of social activism they got involved with.
♡ Australians and New Zealanders are the only ones to tough it out for 40 hours, with other nations participating for 30, 24, 20, 12 and 8 hours.
♡ Hunger and malnutrition are the world’s number one health risk.
♡ There is reason for hope; globally, the number of people living in extreme poverty has declined by more than half, falling from 1.9 billion in 1990 to 836 million in 2015.
♡ More than two million people have benefited from food assistance through funds raised through the 40 Hour Famine over the past seven years.
♡ 80% of the world lives on less than $10 per day.
♡ These days Australians can give up not just food, but anything important to them. The most popular thing people give up today is still food, but also ranking highly is furniture, talking and technology.
What would you give up for 40 hours to make a difference? I am thinking I could give social media a try ..
I’m so excited to have been recently welcomed into the wonderful group of humans blogging for World Vision Australia. I hope that I am able to use my voice for good. Read more about the World Vision Blog Ambassadors here.