I think we're pretty lucky to live here in Australia. You only have to have a glance of this website to see that we've got restaurants and cafes aplenty. And sure, going out for a nice meal is always fun, but often it's something we take for granted. Now I know depriving yourself of this lovely activity (and food altogether) doesn't exactly seem like something fun to do with your weekend, but I also know it will make you appreciate the next meal you have even more and it may even make you feel better about yourself (a common side effect of putting your own desires aside to help others).
It's this logic that makes me believe World Vision's 40 Hour Famine should definitely rate up there on your list of things to do, no matter which State you live in. This year's famine runs from 8pm Friday August 19 to 12pm on Sunday the 21st.
The idea is you get a taste (pardon the pun) of what it's like for kids in third world countries who go without food every day. And, of course, you also go around asking people to sponsor you and your wonderful efforts to do this, before passing that money on to be donated to kids who need it. Warning: If you decide to go door knocking, you may want to get this done before you start the famine. Lack of food and lots of walking door to door could lead to light-headedness or fainting (as someone prone to fainting I can say this with some credibility).
For those of you worried about missing out because you've got a pie eating contest that weekend, or something a little more serious that requires you to eat, don't worry - you can always allocate another time to do it.
Of course, food isn't the only thing you can give up. They say it should be something you love or need, something like furniture, shelter, speech or (gasp) technology. I'm not sure if technology can be classed as a 'need' but I think we can all agree 40 hours without it would be a challenge. And if you're stuck for ideas, you can always check here.
When it comes to the famine, you can basically play by your own rules. So, if this was your first time giving up food for that long, you can chose to eat something small like a salad or some bread halfway through the 40 hours. So long as you're going without something for a period of time and hopefully raising some money in the process, you'll be helping out.
So, if you're in the mood to help out those less fortunate than you and feel good while doing so, join the 300 000 other Australian's taking part in the 40 Hour Famine. All you need to do is register your details with World Vision. And hey, you can always have some fun with it by getting a group of mates and all doing it together. 40 Hour Famine plus friends and a DVD night is a truly great combination.