40 Hour Famine 2014

Hello! Todays post isn’t reading related, but it is very important to me and I wanted to share this with you, as well as ask for your support.


This weekend – from the 15th to the 17th of August – I will be participating in the 40 Hour Famine. This is a period of 40 hours where I, along with thousands of others across Australia (and the rest of the world), will be giving up something/s important to me.

I am giving up public transport*, technology and food.

*I take the train and tram to school every single day – but this Friday, after-school, instead of taking a 50 minute train ride home, I will be walking at least half way from school to my house. This is around 20 kilometres.**

This is run by World Vision who use the money raised from this fundraiser to help children and their families to rise above the poverty line, to gain education and to become well nourished and grow. This year, through 40 Hour Famine, World Vision is focusing on Rwanda. There are many shocking statistics (Hunger related diseases and malnourishment cause up to 60% of deaths in children under the age of 5 in Rwanda) that emphasise the poverty and malnourishment present in this African country, but it is important to remember the humans behind these numbers. I can show you so many photos of children in rags, ribs poking through their skin and a look of despair etched into their face. That is one aspect of the reality. But we have to remember that children have so much hope in them – for themselves and for others. We have to perpetuate that hope by reaching out and helping them grow to places that sadly, faith alone cannot take you. The 40 Hour Famine is one way of doing exactly this.40 hour famine time1

Did you know $40 can help feed a family of 6 for 1 month? Not only do World Vision provide people with food, but they give those in need tools – useful gifts that can help the people in Rwanda help themselves grow as a community and as humans in this ever-changing world. In the past they have given people farming tools, lessons in business and investment, animals, etc. 

I want to ask you to sponsor me as I take on the challenge of giving up three very dominant aspects of my life. Through donating to the 40 Hour Famine, you aren’t only giving money to provide meals for a month or so – you are investing in the future of those who never chose to go without food, or education, or money, but were born into these circumstances. 

**Here’s a link to the newspaper article about my school’s ‘brother-school’ doing the walk-a-thon. We are joining them, but the article seems ignorant to this fact. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/central/melbourne-high-students-take-a-long-walk-home-as-part-of-40-hour-famine/story-fngnvlpt-1227018058989

And here is my sponsorship page: https://40hf2014.everydayhero.com/au/zenia-v

World Vision makes it incredibly easy for you to go donate to my Famine! You can donate as much or as little as you’d like; each and every dollar counts!

If you have any questions about World Vision or the 40 Hour Famine or the situation in Rwanda, please feel free to contact me!