Going Without For 40 Hours


Thousands of Canterbury youth (15,000 from 89 schools), including students from Darfield High School, pledged to go without for South Sudanese refugees in last weekend’s 40 Hour Famine.

All those participating gave something up –  food, warm blankets, speaking, or technology, and it’s all to provide life-saving aid for South Sudanese refugees, 800,000 of whom have fled their country’s conflict with the hope of finding refuge in Uganda.

This year, much-loved Kiwi actor, sixteen year old, Julian Dennison championed the 40 Hour Famine cause in his new role as Famine Ambassador. Julian has recently returned from a trip to Uganda with World Vision where he met with young refugees, many of whom were of a similar age, and found out what kind of impact fleeing war-torn South Sudan has had on them; and exactly how Kiwi kids can help.

“So many of the South Sudanese refugees I met fled their homes without their parents – and some with no family at all. They all have so much responsibility, at such a young age, and are having to adjust to a new reality – yet despite the hardships they have, and are facing, I was met with big smiles and so much hope for their futures,” Julian said.

Money raised in the 2019, 40 Hour Famine, will help provide essentials for South Sudanese refugees in Uganda from the moment they cross the border, including nutritious food, clean water, foster care, household items, peace clubs for young people and more.

The DHS famine team, made up of a group of Year 13’s, had been working since late last term to organise everything to make the event a success. Much work behind the scenes – marketing, sorting booklets, coordinating events and signups, etc ensured they attracted around 140 students to sign up for the cause. A quiz night held on Friday May 31st at the Darfield Baptist Church was a huge success and got a large amount of positive feedback, along with a creditable $350 raised.

Organisers thank everyone who went along and supported the cause. Another fundraising initiative was the shared lunch (hot chips were a firm favourite!) for participating Years 7 and 8 students and this was held on Friday, June 7th to kickstart the 40 Hour Famine event.

Numerous Malvern students participated in their home environments and raised some substantial sums for World Vision – congratulations to all those who rose to the challenge and helped boost the local total.

Since it started, in 1975, the New Zealand 40 Hour Famine has raised more than $80 million and brought hope to thousands of children living in poverty in more than forty countries. More than three million New Zealanders have participated in the 40 Hour Famine since it began.

Donations can still be accepted, and would be appreciated. They can be made via the School’s online page on the 40 hour famine website (famine.org.nz).