Save the date now: 9th - 11th  June 2017

40 Hour Famine 2017

Save the date now: 9th - 11th June 2017

Last year, more than 90,000 young Kiwis banded together and raised $1.8 million to help children affected by the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Congratulations New Zealand! This is an amazing effort and is making a real difference. 

This is just the start though. 

Lock in the 2017 dates now and continue to help children affected by the Refugee Crisis and let kids be kids again.

Let’s make this year’s 40 Hour Famine even bigger!

This is the biggest humanitarian crisis of our time

This is the biggest humanitarian crisis of our time

Millions have been forced to flee in search for safety. Thousands of children have been left without the basics and are no longer in school.  These children have had their lives turned upside down by conflict, through no fault of their own. What the conflict has taken away, we can help put back.  

Thanks to your support, we have been able to help change this. The funds raised in 2016 are supporting a network of Child Friendly Spaces. These safe places are for children who have fled conflict, so they can start to heal from their trauma. 

We’re not the only ones that recognise the impact you’re making!

We’re not the only ones that recognise the impact you’re making!

Because of your effort in last year's 40 Hour Famine the New Zealand Government contributed an extra $1.6 million to support World Vision’s work in Syria. This will go towards helping more than 90,000 internally displaced people living in northern Syria with access to clean drinking water, and improved hygiene and sanitation services.

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FAQs

  • What is the World Vision 40 Hour Famine?

    Every year since 1975, hundreds of thousands of young Kiwis have taken a stand through a 40-hour challenge to raise money for children living in poverty. Traditionally, this meant going without food. But over the years, people have become really creative, finding fun new challenges such as living in a box, doing 40 good deeds, and some have even gone as far as taking a 40-hour vow of silence. 

    So far, nearly $76 million has been raised – helping to transform thousands of lives in over 40 countries. We’d love for you to join in.

  • What alternatives are there to the traditional 40 Hour ‘No-Food’ Challenge’?

    Want to choose another 40 Hour challenge? 

    We don’t mind! Give up technology, sleep in a box, wash cars, hold your own fundraiser, walk 40 kilometres. Be as creative as you like and do it in a group or on your own! 

    Most importantly it is about raising funds so we can help these kids - kids who are just like us - start to feel safe again in World Vision’s Child Friendly Spaces.

  • When is this year’s 40 Hour Famine?

    The 2017 40 Hour Famine is officially taking place from 8pm, 9 June  until midday, 11 June, but you can participate any time, choosing your own ‘Famine Challenge’ or fundraising event. 

  • What was different about the 2016 World Vision 40 Hour Famine?

    The 2016 40 Hour Famine saw a change in the cause for the first time in 42 years, but the reason to participate remained the same; to help innocent children in desperate need of our help. 

    The situation in Syria and neighbouring countries is the biggest humanitarian crisis of our time. More than half of those affected are children – that’s more than the entire population of New Zealand. More than five million young lives are at risk of becoming a “lost generation”. 

  • Where’s the money from the 2017 World Vision 40 Hour Famine going?

    Money raised during the 40 Hour Famine 2017 is going toward Child Friendly Spaces in Jordan, the host nation of the two largest refugee camps in the world – Za’atari and Azraq. 

    Syrian children have undergone severe trauma and stress over the past six years. As the fighting has intensified, many more families have made the decision to leave their homes, forcing children to leave behind their school, friends, toys, playgrounds and even relatives. 

    Child Friendly Spaces lets kids be kids again. They play with children of a similar age, continue their education and receive psychosocial support from trained professionals who start to help the children work through their trauma.

    Thanks to the fundraising efforts in last year’s 40 Hour Famine the New Zealand Government contributed an extra $1.6 million to support World Vision’s work in Syria. This is going towards helping more than 90,000 internally displaced people living in northern Syria with access to clean drinking water, and improved hygiene and sanitation services.

  • Can I still raise funds for the 2016 40 Hour Famine?

    The 2016 40 Hour Famine has now officially closed. World Vision is committed to going and staying where we are most needed though so save the 2017 dates (9 - 11 June) and continue to help children who have lost everything because of the conflict in Syria.

  • What should I do with the money I've raised?

    Thank you for taking up a fundraising challenge and raising money for children affected by the refugee crisis; your donations will make a real difference to the lives of these children. 

    If you're part of a school/church/group:

    • If your sponsors have paid by credit card or internet banking online - nice work, we've already got your funds.
    • If you've collected any cash or cheque donations, give them to your 40 Hour Famine organiser, along with your sponsorship book and they will bank the money for you.
    • If you're the 40 Hour Famine organiser, use the group's deposit book to bank your group's funds at any ANZ branch. Please ensure the bank includes your group’s unique reference number so we can track payments and allocate funds to the correct group.
    • If you've lost your group's deposit book you can order another one by emailing your name and address to: faminebooks@worldvision.org.nz 
    • Group organisers – using the Freepost sticker provided, please send all completed sponsorship books back as soon as possible to: Freepost Famine, World Vision New Zealand, Private Bag 92078, Victoria Street West, Auckland 1142.
    • Thank you! 

    If you're not part of a school/church/group:
    • If your sponsors have paid by credit card or internet banking - nice work, we've already got your funds.
    • If you've collected any cash or cheque donations, deposit these at any ANZ branch using the deposit slip at the bottom of your sponsorship book.
    • If you don't have a sponsorship book, email your name and address to faminebooks@worldvision.org.nz to get your deposit details.
    • Send your completed sponsorship book back to World Vision New Zealand as soon as possible. Freepost Famine, World Vision New Zealand, Private Bag 92078, Victoria Street West, Auckland 1142.
    • Thank you!

  • What are World Vision’s community guidelines?

    We’re so glad to have you a part of this online community of World Vision staff, donors, advocates and supporters. Our hope is that you will find our website a place of resource and encouragement that allows you to engage in meaningful conversation with us and with others who are as passionate as you are to build a better world for children.

    As we encourage everyone to express their opinions freely in informed debate and discussion, we also encourage courteous, respectful comments. Therefore, please know that we will delete posts or comments that we consider:

    • Obscene, profane, disrespectful or hateful in nature
    • Harassing or threatening to any person or organisation
    • Successively off-topic or repetitive comments by an individual
    • Repetitive solicitations or advertisements
    • Comments that encourage illegal activity
    These guidelines will be updated as necessary. Please share your questions, comments or concerns by contacting us.

  • As a group organiser, how do I bank funds raised in the 40 Hour Famine?

    Thank you for taking on the role of group organiser. Our work wouldn't be possible without your hard work and dedication! 

    There are two easy options for banking your group's fundraising: 

    1. Transfer all money raised to World Vision's 40 Hour Famine account number: 06-0101-0323407-02. Don’t forget to include your unique reference number or school name. 
    2. Alternatively, use your 40 Hour Famine deposit book to bank your school/church/group's cash and cheque donations at any ANZ branch. Please ensure the bank includes your unique reference number so we can track and trace payments. If you've lost your 40 Hour Famine deposit book you can order another one by emailing your name and address to faminebooks@worldvision.org.nz
    It will take 48 hours for your money to show on your online fundraising profile if you have included your unique reference number.  

    All money needs to be banked as soon as possible Please return all other completed materials to World Vision using the Freepost sticker provided. Freepost Famine, World Vision New Zealand, Private Bag 92078, Victoria Street West, Auckland 1142.

  • How do I sign up for the 2017 40 Hour Famine online?

    Online registrations will open in March 2017. Watch this space for what’s happening in next year’s 40 Hour Famine!

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