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Wellington starts trend for international charity

May 23rd, 2012 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

 

BUCKETS-FULL: Cassandra Burton-Wood. Right, Shalott Muse.

THIS year Wellington saw the first World Vision street appeal for New Zealand in a bid to get people involved after high school.

The 40 hour Famine is organised through schools but the new appeal last week was aimed at encouraging people of all ages to contribute to the cause.

Organiser Annabel Bennet became involved through her role as 40 hour Famine leader at high school and is now the World Vision youth supporter co-ordinator for Wellington.

“We want to get World Vision’s name out in the open and raise awareness in different areas, not just at school through the 40hr Famine.”

“We ended up raising $2840 through the appeal and there’s still the money from the 40 hour famine to collect after the weekend,” says Ms Bennet.

“The interest from the public was amazing, I was hoping for 30 volunteers but we had around 50.”

“We  started a trend with  appeals also happening in Palmerston North and Auckland, hopefully this will become a nationwide event”, says Ms Bennet.

Funds raised have stayed relatively the same over the years reaching $2,319,622 in 2011 and this year World Vision is expecting 125,000 participants.

Dylan Quinnell works for World Vision and is a strong believer that the famine not only helps third world countries but teaches New Zealand’s youth important values.

“The 40 Hour Famine is a great and fun way to get Kiwi kids thinking about what life is like for kids their own age in the developing world and it makes them appreciate what they have” says Mr Quinnell.

Each year the proceeds go towards ensuring better healthcare, cleaner water, education and food for countries in need.

This year the majority of the money from the street appeal will go to Niger and Mali in West Africa where lack of rain, failed harvests and high food prices have left millions hungry.

The 40 hour Famine will run from the 25th to the 27th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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