World Vision 40 Hour Famine FAQs

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These frequently asked questions about the World Vision 40 Hour Famine will help you kick-start your fundraising. If you cannot find the answer to your question below, please contact us on 0800 40 HOUR (0800 40 4687). We would love to help you, and together, we can shape history.

FAQs

The World Vision 40 Hour Famine is New Zealand’s largest youth fundraising campaign. 

Every year since 1975, tens of thousands of young Kiwis have taken a stand through a 40 Hour Challenge to raise money and bring hope to thousands of children living in poverty in more than 40 countries. Traditionally, the 40 Hour Challenge meant going without food for 40 hours. However, over the years, people have become creative, finding fun new challenges such as giving up screens, furniture or technology for 40 hours. Or how about living out of a backpack, doing 40 good deeds, or taking a 40-hour vow of silence – whatever your idea is, just go for it! 

So far, more than 3 million New Zealanders have participated and over $80 million has been raised – helping to transform thousands of lives both here in New Zealand, and around the world. 

We’d love for you to join us!

 
The World Vision 40 Hour Famine challenges you to live without something you rely on for 40 hours – transport, furniture, technology or food, and have your friends and family sponsor you to raise funds for vulnerable children around the world. You'll experience life without one of your necessities to give a child the tools they need for a hunger-free future –food, seeds, chickens and more. 

Traditionally, the 40 Hour Challenge meant going without food for 40 hours, but there are so many options. Check out our Challenge Ideas Resource to get you started. Whatever idea you have to raise money this year, go for it. From giving up food or your phone to living out of a backpack, or running a bake sale, no idea is a bad idea. 
 
If you are taking part in the World Vision 40 Hour Famine with your school, church or team: 
Once you've set your 40 Hour Challenge and your fundraising goal, it's time to create your online fundraising page – it's the easiest way to raise awareness and collect donations. You can also raise funds with a Sponsorship Book that you can collect from your Famine Organiser or, if you are not in a team, you can order your Sponsorship Book here. 
 
If you are taking part in the World Vision 40 Hour Famine as an individual: 
Set up your online fundraising page to collect donations online – it's the easiest way to raise awareness and collect donations. If you would prefer to collect your donations in cash, you can order a Sponsorship Book here. 
 
For everyone: 
Start fundraising!

Let your family and friends know that you are doing the World Vision 40 Hour Famine challenge and ask them to sponsor you. This year, the World Vision 40 Hour Famine will be taking place from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th June 2021, but if those dates don't suit you, you can pick ones that do. 
 
Collect your sponsorship money, and make sure it is all banked as soon as possible. Pat yourself on the back and know that you've done a fantastic job to help support the children of Sub-Saharan Africa. 

 

We are so excited to have epic history-shaping prizes up for grabs this year!

All fundraisers that created an online fundraising profile for the 2021 World Vision 40 Hour Famine before 11:59pm on Sunday 27th June are eligible to enter the competition.

To confirm competition entry, participants will receive an email week commencing 5th July 2021 asking them to submit an online form to confirm which one of the three prize draws they wish to enter. Participants must complete the online form in this email by 11:59pm on the 18th July 2021 to confirm their entry into the prize draw.

The three epic history-shaping prizes are:

  1. Shape the future of your rugby team with a rugby coaching session with rising star and fan favourite, Caleb Clarke.
  2. Shape the future of your music career with a sit-down session with singer and songwriter Paige Tapara, nominated as 2020’s best breakthrough artist.
  3. Shape your mindset and your future over morning tea with Jess Quinn, body positivity advocate, inspirational speaker and cancer survivor.


Download the full competition terms and conditions for more information.

Thank you for taking up the challenge and supporting children in Sub-Saharan Africa; your fundraising will make a real difference. 

If you are fundraising for the World Vision 40 Hour Famine with your school, church or team:

  • If your sponsors have donated online by credit card or internet banking - nice work, we've already got your funds.
  • If you've collected any cash or cheque donations, give them to your World Vision 40 Hour Famine organiser as soon as possible, along with your Sponsorship Book and they will bank the money for you.
  • If you're the World Vision 40 Hour Famine organiser, use your team’s 2021 40 Hour Famine Deposit Book or Deposit Slip to bank your team cash donations at any ANZ branch as soon as possible. Please ensure the bank includes your team’s unique reference number so we can track your fundraising.
  • If you've lost your team's 2021 World Vision 40 Hour Famine Deposit book you can order another one by emailing your full name, team name and address to: faminebooks@worldvision.org.nz.
  • Alternatively, you can transfer the funds directly into the World Vision 40 Hour Famine account: 06-0101-0323407-02. Important: please include your unique reference number (found on the front of your Deposit Book) or school name so we can track your fundraising.
  • Group organisers – using the postage-paid sticker provided, please send your completed Sponsorship Books and Organiser Record Sheet back as soon as possible to: Freepost Famine, World Vision New Zealand, Private Bag 92078, Victoria Street West, Auckland 1142. Alternatively, you can destroy your Sponsorship Books by putting them in a secure recycling bin.  


If you are fundraising for the World Vision 40 Hour Famine as an individual:

  • If your sponsors have donated online 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 as soon as possible using the World Vision 40 Hour Famine Deposit Slip included with your Sponsorship Book. 
  • Alternatively, you can transfer the funds directly into the World Vision 40 Hour Famine account: 06-0101-0323407-02. Important: please include your unique reference number (your Sponsorship Book number) or your full name when banking your funds so we can track your fundraising.
  • Send your completed Sponsorship Book back to World Vision New Zealand as soon as possible using the postage-paid sticker provided. Freepost Famine, World Vision New Zealand, Private Bag 92078, Victoria Street West, Auckland 1142.

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 funds raised directly into the World Vision 40 Hour Famine account number: 06-0101-0323407-02 as soon as possible. Don’t forget to include your unique reference number (this can be found on the front of your Deposit Book) or school, church or team name so we can track your fundraising.  
  2. Alternatively, use your World Vision 40 Hour Famine Deposit Book to bank your team’s cash and cheque donations at any ANZ branch as soon as possible. Please ensure the bank includes your unique reference number (this can be found on the front of your Deposit Book) so we can track your fundraising.

If you've lost your World Vision 40 Hour Famine Deposit book you can order another one by emailing your full name, team name and address to faminebooks@worldvision.org.nz.

All banked cash donations will appear on your online fundraising page once processed, approximately 3-4 days after banking. Make sure everyone knows the fundraising can’t make a difference if their donations are not returned.

Please return or destroy your completed Sponsorship Books and Organiser Record Sheet. To return these, please send to World Vision using the postage-paid sticker provided - Freepost Famine, World Vision New Zealand, Private Bag 92078, Victoria Street West, Auckland 1142. To destroy your books, please dispose of them in a secure recycling bin. 

If sponsors have donated online directly to you on your fundraising page, their donation will appear immediately (if you can’t see a recent donation, try refreshing your page after 10 minutes).

If you are fundraising for the World Vision 40 Hour Famine with your school, church or team:

  • If you've collected any cash or cheque donations, give them to your World Vision 40 Hour Famine organiser, along with your Sponsorship Book and they will bank the money for you along with the rest of your team’s. This will show up on your team’s fundraising total online! These donations will appear approximately 3-4 days after banking. 
  • If you bank your own funds don’t forget to include your unique reference number (found on the front of the Deposit Book) or name so we can track your funds and add it to your online fundraising total. You will need to be linked to your team’s online fundraising page if you want your fundraising to be added to their total. These donations will appear approximately 3-4 days after banking. 


If you are fundraising for the World Vision 40 Hour Famine as an individual: 

  • Any cash or cheque donations need to be banked using the World Vision 40 Hour Famine Deposit Slip included with your Sponsorship Book.
  • Alternatively, you can transfer all funds raised directly into the World Vision 40 Hour Famine account number: 06-0101-0323407-02 as soon as possible. Don’t forget to include your unique reference number (Sponsorship Book number) or name so we can track your fundraising and add it to your online fundraising total. These donations will appear approximately 3-4 days after banking.   
The funds you raise in this year’s World Vision 40 Hour Famine will help protect children threatened by the hunger pandemic. You will put food on the table for children who go entire days without eating. You will plant seeds that grow into vegetables to feed whole families for months and years to come. You will give families chickens to provide daily eggs and organic fertiliser for fast-growing crops.

Should donations exceed the World Vision 40 Hour Famine project needs, excess funds will support other projects reaching children in urgent need.

All you need to sign up for the World Vision 40 Hour Famine online is an email address. 

It is easy to get started and set up your fundraising page. You can then personalise your page, your fundraising goal and share your page with your friends and family. It only takes a few minutes.

You can link your page to your school, church or team to reach your fundraising targets together. 

Check out our handy 10 Step Guide for tips to taking part in the World Vision 40 Hour Famine!

Check out our handy 10 Step Guide for steps to taking part in the World Vision 40 Hour Famine!

The easiest way to fundraise for the World Vision 40 Hour Famine, is with your own online fundraising page. 

Set up your own personalised fundraising page, which you can link to your school or church team to reach your fundraising targets together. Share your fundraising page with your friends and family - you could even ask them to share the link on to their friends and family, or people they know would also love to support you. 

You can also use a World Vision 40 Hour Famine Sponsorship book which you can get from your school or church World Vision 40 Hour Famine organiser. If you’re not part of an organised team you can order a Sponsorship book here.
As a team organiser, you can see all the fundraising team members in your My World Vision profile.

Login into your My World Vision and under ‘My fundraising’, select ‘Teams I organise’. 

Here you will find all of the teams that you manage. Select which team you want to see the members of. This will open a new page which lists all of your team’s information as well as each member of your team and how much money they have raised.  

You can even invite new members to join your team from this page! Just select the ‘Invite’ button.
The official World Vision 40 Hour Famine starts at 8pm on Friday 25th June and ends midday Sunday 27th June 2021.

If you’re unable to complete your challenge that weekend you can choose a different time that works for you! You’ll still make such a big impact just by being a part of it and fundraising. 
The funds raised in the 2021 World Vision 40 Hour Famine will support our work overseas. This has only been made possible, thanks to the incredible generosity and support of Dulcie Rothan. 

Dulcie Rothan was a teacher from Carterton who ran the World Vision 40 Hour Famine in her school. She was fiercely committed to World Vision's work and the role the 40 Hour Famine played enabling students to learn about global issues and take social action. When she passed away, she left an incredible legacy to the World Vision 40 Hour Famine – a pledge to fund all youth events and campaign costs through her estate.

Thanks to Dulcie's amazing selflessness and generosity, now the World Vision 40 Hour Famine can have an even bigger impact on the lives of vulnerable children around the world!
 
Easy! You can order a Sponsorship book here, and we will have the books sent out to you in 5-7 working days (please allow a couple extra days for rural deliveries). Any issues, please contact us on 0800 40 HOUR (0800 40 4687).
Joining a team is a great way to fundraise! 

If you already have a fundraising page:
  1. Login to your My World Vision and follow these steps: 
  2. Select ‘My fundraising”. 
  3. Select which fundraising page you want to connect with your team.
  4. Under the team section select ‘search’.
  5. Type in the name of the team you want to join. 
  6. Join your team!

Don't have a fundraising page yet:
  1. Find your teams fundraising page
  2. Select 'Join this Team'
  3. Follow the prompts to set up your own fundraising page - which will automatically connect to the team.

It's really easy!

To start, you need to set up your own personalised fundraising page. When you get to the step to link your page to a team, you just need to type in the name of your school, church or team. If you have taken part in the World Vision 40 Hour Famine before, your school, church or team name should appear as you start typing. If not, click on 'Create a new team'. Type the name of your team, select 'World Vision 40 Hour Famine 2021' as the cause you want to raise funds for, and then personalise your team page with your goal and details about your campaign. 
 
Remember to share your page to your social media and friends and family – to make sure you reach your fundraising target. #40HOURNZ
 

You can still use a Sponsorship Book; however, online fundraising is the easiest way to raise funds and all of the info included in the sponsorship book can be found through our resources page.

 
If you sign up to fundraise online and are under 18 years old, we'll ask for your parent/guardian's email so we can let them know you've signed up.

If you're the organiser of a school or church team, we encourage you to use your standard parental/guardian consent process. We have a parental consent form that you could ask your parents to sign (optional), it also contains some information for your parents about how the World Vision 40 Hour Famine works. 
Going without food is just one way of participating in the 40 Hour Famine; there are heaps of other 40 Hour Famine Challenges. Check out our Challenge Ideas Resource for ideas!
 
If you do choose to the 40 Hour ‘No-Food’ Famine, use the below as a guide only. Your parents should ultimately decide what best suits you, as everyone is different. 
  • High School or 14+ years - maximum 40 hours (8pm Fri – 12pm Sun) 
  • Intermediate School or 11 - 13 years - maximum 20 hours (8pm Fri - 4pm Sat) 
  • Primary School or 8 - 10 years - maximum 20 hours - only miss one meal (6pm Fri - 2pm Sat) 
  • Under 8 years - choose a different challenge, e.g., no furniture, no-TV, or the no-talking challenge 
 
We recommend you drink plenty of water or fruit juice to keep hydrated. We also suggest eating a glucose product from time to time for energy.  
 
Important: If participants are unwell, diabetic, on medication, elderly, pregnant, breast-feeding, playing sports, or have any other food or dietary requirements/concerns, please choose a different World Vision 40 Hour Famine challenge – you can be creative, or there are plenty of alternative challenges to choose from. Check out our resources for plenty of ideas. 
There are loads of challenges that you could do - be sure to check out our Challenge Ideas Resource. Here are a few ideas to get you started, or create your own! Your imagination is your only limit… 

40 hours, 4 foods
Many kids in sub-Saharan Africa often eat the same foods day after day. Which 4 foods will you eat for 40 hours? Choose your own, or decide randomly with our paper challenge selector.

40 hours, furniture-free
Not everyone has access to a comfy bed each night. Are you up for the furniture-free challenge? No chairs, beds or tables for a whole weekend – hang on the floor or even set up a tent outside!

40 hours, screen-free
Go without phones, tablets, laptops and TV for a whole weekend! Are you up to the challenge?

40 hours, 40km
Lots of children in sub-Saharan Africa don’t have cars, and have towalk long distances to collect water or go to school. Walk 40km in 40 hours, or simply decide to go car free for the weekend! 

40 hours, no talking
40 hours of silence, harder than it sounds!

40 acts of kindness
Spread a little more good in the world and challenge yourself to see how many acts of kindness you can do in 40 hours - check out our resource for ideas and a template to create your own!
We encourage all World Vision 40 Hour Famine participants to create an online fundraising page. Once you have a fundraising page you can link up with your friends, church group or team, and send requests to friends and family to ask for their support. It’s a really great way to share your World Vision 40 Hour Famine Challenge and fundraising goal with friends and family all around the country. 

If you’d like to door knock in your neighbourhood, then we recommend a parent or guardian joins you. 

We know it’s not always easy to ask for money, even when it’s for a great cause! Check out these resources for loads of fundraising ideas and tips.
Yes! It is easy to donate online through their fundraising page.

If you are not sure of the link, you can search for the fundraiser and follow the steps to donate with your credit or debit card. We will email you a tax receipt for all donations of $5 or more.
No, fundraisers need to have their own email address to create an online fundraising page.

 
We'd love to connect with you on Social Media!

Be part of the journey and keep up to date with the latest news and videos as well as what’s happening around the country:
Facebook.com/40HourFamineNZ
Instagram.com/40HourFamineNZ
Tiktok.com/@40HourFamineNZ

Remember to share your page to your social media and friends and family – to make sure you reach your fundraising target. #40HOURNZ
Thank you for joining us and for being part of this online community.

We think this is a great way to raise awareness and funds for the world’s most vulnerable children. We do have a couple of rules though for posting and sharing messages on your fundraising page! Please check out our guidelines here.  
Thank you for raising a life-changing $1.1 million for children in Malawi last year! Every cent you raised is making a life-changing difference for the world's most vulnerable children.

The money you raised is giving families the chance to build a brighter future for themselves. Right now, families in Malawi are receiving the tools and training they need to build resilient and sustainable farming to reduce the impact of climate change – and it's all because of you!

Your dollars go further than you might think – supporting families to be more resilient and feel safer with a steady income. Your fundraising is giving families an income, food and education. So far, you've supported 2,844 farmers to improve their crops through new techniques and drought-resistant seeds. These small seeds make a big difference. Each seed uses less water to grow and can withstand the harsh, dry Malawi climate. 

Thanks to you, 2,682 kids are benefiting from watering systems that feed crops. A bigger crop means more food to eat, plus extra to sell.

You've given families the chance to build a brighter future for themselves, and to be better prepared for unexpected disasters like COVID-19. Thanks to you, 200 families are already part of the goat-pass-on scheme, with many more to join.
 
Your team's reference number is on the front of your deposit book. If you have taken part as an individual, your reference is your sponsorship book number. If you can’t find either, email your full name and team name to: faminebooks@worldvision.org.nz and we can let you know what it is.
Group organisers of any fundraising teams need to "claim the team" to activate the teams fundraising, and manage any fundraisers that join the team.

The team only needs to be claimed once by the group organiser, if you accidently click on 'claim a team' that is already claimed you will see a message letting you know the team is already claimed and you can close out of it.

We were blown away by the incredible response to Sanitarium's online match donation offer, and the $50,000 limit was reached in less than 5 hours! 

All online donations made between 8pm Wednesday 16th June and 12:30am Thursday 17th June was matched thanks to Sanitarium and are now showing on online fundraising profiles. 

Just before the limit was reached, all messaging regarding the match donation on the World Vision 40 Hour Famine webpages, and all individual fundraising profiles was updated to inform fundraisers and donors that the limit had been reached, and that further donations would no longer be matched. We do apologise to anyone who missed out on having their donation matched due to the popularity of this offer. 

​Keep up the amazing work raising much-needed funds for children in sub-Saharan Africa threatened by the hunger pandemic. Together, we can shape history!

Posting an update to your online fundraising page is a great way to tell your supporters more about what you are fundraising for. You can post updates on your progress and why you are supporting the children of Sub-Saharan Africa.

  1. Login to your My World Vision and select ‘My fundraising’ and the page you want to update.
  2. Select the ‘post an update’ button. 
  3. Write what you want to post, and you can add a picture to jazz it up! 
  4. Select the ‘post’ button and your update will go up on your page straight away.  
Remember to share your page to your social media and friends and family – to make sure you reach your fundraising target. #40HOURNZ
You can edit your fundraising page in My World Vision any time during your fundraising.
  1. Log in to your My World Vision and select ‘My fundraising’ and the page you want to edit. 
  2. Select the ‘Edit page’ button. 
  3. Here you can update your goal, mission statement, cover image and profile picture. 
  4. Save your changes and your updates will go up on your page straight away. 

To keep everyone safe online, we do have a couple of rules though for posting and sharing messages on your fundraising page. Please check out our guidelines here.  

Remember to share your page to your social media and friends and family – to make sure you reach your fundraising target. #40HOURNZ

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