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This 40 Hour Famine thousands of young Kiwis like you banded together to raise funds and show your support for Syria. Thank you!
For 40 hours you gave up food, talking and technology; you slept in boxes and you showed the world that something can be done to help Syrian children. We think that is amazing. Thank you!
In 2017, over
young New Zealanders took part in the 40 Hour Famine!
Every dollar makes a difference
Remember to bank your remaining donations and make sure all your hard work counts.
Your support is helping to give a generation of Syrian refugee children education and hope for the future. Remember to bank your remaining donations and make sure all your hard work counts.
If your sponsors have paid online - nice work, we've already got your funds.
Cash and cheques donations can be deposited at any ANZ branch using the deposit slip in your sponsorship book.
Transfer all your other donations to World Vision's 40 Hour Famine account number: 06-0101-0323407-02. Include your unique reference number or full name so we can track your funds.
Any questions? Give the Supporter Care team a call on 0800 800 776 or send them an email.
Stay tuned for details for 2018!
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:
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.
Alternatively, use your 40 Hour Famine 2017 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
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 much money from the 40 Hour Famine reaches the field?
World Vision New Zealand is committed to ensuring the highest proportion of its funds gets to those in need and we work to keep the cost of administration and marketing to a minimum.
Last year 80.8 per cent of the money received by World Vision funded our development work overseas. If you want a breakdown of where World Vision New Zealand’s money goes, read our Annual Report.
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, more than $77 million has been raised – helping to transform thousands of lives in over 40 countries. We’d love for you to join in.
What other work does World Vision do to help refugees?
World Vision is an international aid organisation and works alongside refugee communities. World Vision works in Syria, as well as neighbouring countries hosting 4.8 million Syrian refugees – Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq. World Vision also worked in Serbia, a country that has seen thousands of Syrian families pass through on their journey to Europe.
World Vision distribute food, blankets, hygiene kits, winterisation kits, as well as provide clean water, medical care and education for Syrian children, reaching hundreds of thousands of people across six countries.
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 your group’s 2017 deposit book to bank your group's funds at any ANZ branch. Please ensure the bank scans your 40 Hour Famine deposit slip included with your sponsorship book or 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 2017 deposit book you can order another one by emailing your name and address to:
Group organisers – using the Freepost sticker provided, please send all completed sponsorship books back as soon as possible. Freepost Famine, World Vision New Zealand, Private Bag 92078, Victoria Street West, Auckland 1142.
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
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.
When was this year’s 40 Hour Famine?
The 2017 40 Hour Famine was officially from 8pm, 9 June until midday, 11 June. If you missed the date you can still create an online profile and participate by choosing your own ‘Famine Challenge’ or fundraising event.
Where’s the money from the 2017 World Vision 40 Hour Famine going?
Due to the brutal and ongoing impact of the conflict - and the subsequent effect this has on the well-being of children and their access to education - we decided this year’s funds will be used to continue supporting our Child Friendly Spaces in refugee camps and informal settlements.
The impact of Child Friendly Spaces is three-fold; they provide immediate psychosocial support for children who are suffering the effects of severe trauma, they provide vital education to ensure these kids are set up for the future, and they bring families and communities together so we can provide other services and support where required.
Why did we support the Syrian refugee crisis again in 2017?
Over the past year, we’ve seen the situation in Syria deteriorate. Innocent children are suffering through no fault of their own. This situation is critical and ongoing and the need to support these children remains.
World Vision goes where we are needed most and stay as long as we’re needed.