Friday, May 21, 2010

Scenic Sunday: Forty Hour Famine


My 13 year old decided to join others this the forty hour famine. I got him some juice and barley sugar. This morning, I parked my car near this beautiful site next to the church. He will be sleeping together with his friends in Mt Albert Baptist Church, to have fellowship and support each other. Last year, he did the twenty hours famine. I support him as he gets to experience what it is like to be hungry and appreciate the richness we have here in New Zealand.

I got this email from the organisers last night.


Your child has registered for the 2010 World Vision 40 Hour Famine. As they have indicated they are under 14 years, we wanted to let you know a bit more about the Famine and what's involved.

The 40 Hour Famine is an awesome opportunity for your child to:

* Raise funds to fight poverty, hunger and injustice by helping children in need of food, health care, water and education – giving children the basics of life that we take for granted here in New Zealand.
* Learn a global perspective and help others in their global community
* Have fun – awesome Famine events take place all over New Zealand in the lead up to, and over the Famine weekend on the 22-24 May!
* Practice compassion by giving up something – going without for those without.

Answers to common questions:

* Does my child have to go without food?
We encourage your child to be creative with their Famine idea – they could do a sports marathon, give up their mobile phone or even go without speaking. They don't have to go without food. (If your child is under 8 years of age, we recommend they choose a different Famine.)

* When is the Famine?
The official Famine weekend is May 21-23, 2010. There will be heaps going on around the whole country for Famine that weekend. However, they can do the Famine any time before or after this official weekend.

* What time does the Famine start?
If you're doing 40 Hours start 8pm Friday and finish 12pm Sunday.
If you're doing 20 Hours start 8pm Friday and finish 4pm Saturday.

The 40 Hour Famine allows Kiwi kids to really make a difference. Funds raised through last year's Famine went to Haiti following the earthquake disaster earlier this year; they assisted communities in need all around the world, and had far-reaching impact on the lives of so many. To learn more about what the 40 Hour Famine is all about, find out more about the team challenges and fundraising processes, check out http://www.famine.org.nz, or call us on 0800 FAMINE.


Introducing… How Long? by Nathan King & Friends

How Long? is the anthemic new track supporting the 40 Hour Famine. Famine participants were invited to write in their song ideas via Facebook & Twitter. Recorded on Friday May 7, Nathan King teamed up with Elemeno P’s Scotty Pearson and Op Shop’s Clint Harris and DJ Sir-Vere to write and record the track in one day. Around 25 Famine participants from Auckland schools also turned up to record the epic final chorus. The track was released to radio on May 10 and a music video released on May 14. The track is available as a free download right here on the Famine website for all participants and anyone who donates to the Famine.


gigi said...

Wishing him good luck with such a big project.

cat said...

I too wish him luck with the famine.

Serline said...

Hi, Ann. I wish your boy the best of luck, but do be careful. I'm not sure boys that age are meant to go without food for more than a few hours ;-)

Ah Ngao said...

Good Luck Sam...

Cheryl said...

Wow, that's a long time for an 8-year old. Sending good wishes his way.

XUE said...

I did this as a child, not once but a number of times & sadly, not by choice. It was tough going to school & at recess time, pretend that I am not eating because I am not hungry. My parents tried so hard to put food on the table regularly but money & jobs were hard to come by.

Al said...

That's an admirable thing for him to do. Too many children are just interested in themselves in today's world, but that shows a broader perspective.

Ebie said...

This is such a big task for a young kid. But some home this experience will make the younger aware, of the blessings we enjoy compared to other countries.

Good job and good luck!

Ruth said...

We should all do this once a year. How admirable that he decided to do this.

Jan said...

Well its over now, hope he came out of it well.
Blessings - Jan

Carver said...

What a great event for your son to participate in. I hope it went well for him. The flowers in the photo are so beautiful.