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by Denise H-C (subscribe)
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Challenge your kids to give up their mobile or TV for 40 hrs
40 hour famine

Are you up for a challenge to help underprivileged nations and perhaps fulfill a personal challenge for yourself?

Friday 15 August through to Sunday 17 August 2014 is the 40 Hour Famine long weekend.

The 40 Hour Famine conjures up images of starving for the weekend. But it doesn't necessarily mean going hungry anymore. In more recent years, the 40 Hour Famine has come to mean giving up something that means a lot to you for 40 hours. This might be food, or alcohol (if you're a regular weekend drinker), your mobile phone, television - the possibilities are endless.

The aim of the 40 Hour Famine is to raise money for underprivileged communities. When you do the 40 Hour Famine, you raise community awareness and much-needed funds to help fight global hunger. You'll be supporting World Vision projects in Malawi, Ethiopia, East Timor, Nepal, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda. (Quoted from the official website).

How do I get started?
Register online at You can either complete a new registration or login with a previous one, or sign in with your Facebook ID.

Once you're registered, you can start collecting donations from your friends and family, or just make a donation to yourself.

You can also donate to others online too via their Everyday Hero account.

If you don't think you can give anything up for 40 hours, but still want to help, make a donation to the cause. Every little bit helps. If everyone in Australia gave around $5 we would donate $100 million to help poverished communities. Think about how that would help.

What are you waiting for? Give up food, or alcohol, electronics or mobile phone. Or perhaps don't give something up - commit to do an hour of exercise every day for the 3 days. Whatever challenges you.

The projects funded by World Vision aren't just in overseas communities. World Vision also supports indigenous Australians to achieve positive outcomes. Money you raise for World Vision goes to aide children, adults and communities all around the world. Currently, they are supporting the people affected by the Sudan crisis, the Gaza conflict, as well as displaced Eastern European families. Work in third world and impoverished communities includes water purification, sanitation, health needs, maternity support, food and nutrition, to assist the people in these areas to have the tools to help their own families.

40 hour famine funds dispersal

World Vision also supports fair trade and environmental farming. To see more about these very important projects see their website.

What are you waiting for - join the cause now and give up something important to you for 40 hours to raise money for these important causes.
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Why? Give to charity, Challenge yourself
When: 15 to 17 August 2014
Where: Anywhere
Cost: Donation
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