FAQs

Frequently asked questions about the World Vision 40 Hour Famine.

We all have questions. Hopefully we have answered all of yours below!
If not, please contact us on 0800 FAMINE (326 463).

FAQs

The World Vision 40 Hour Famine is New Zealand’s largest youth fundraising event. Every year since 1975, hundreds 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.

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.

Your fundraising challenge could be to spend 40 hours going without something you rely on – like motorised transport, electricity or food. Or this year you could do it in a way that also sends a message that we must – together – act to better care for our beautiful shared planet. So why not plant trees or clean up your local community? Whatever you decide to do, it all starts with getting your friends together, asking people to sponsor you, and getting active.  
When you sign up for the World Vision 40 Hour Famine you commit to doing a challenge, or going without something for a length of time (often 40 hours) and having people sponsor you. 

Your fundraising challenge could be to spend 40 hours going without something you rely on – like motorised transport, electricity or food. Or this year you could do it in a way that also sends a message that we must – together – act to better care for our beautiful shared planet. So why not plant trees or clean up your local community? Whatever you decide to do, it all starts with getting your friends together, asking people to sponsor you, and getting active.


If you are part of a team/school/church taking part in the 40 Hour Famine: 
Collect a Sponsorship Book from your Famine Organiser or, if you are not in a team, you can order your Sponsorship Book here. Once you’ve set your 40 Hour Challenge and your fundraising goal, it's time to create a your online fundraising page – it’s the easiest way to raise awareness and collect donations. 

If you are taking part in the 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 rather collect the donations in cash face to face, order a Sponsorship Book here. 

For everyone: 
Then 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 5th to Sunday 7th June 2020 but if those dates don’t suit you, pick ones that do. 

Collect your sponsorship money, and make sure it is all banked by 3 July 2020. Give yourself a pat on the back and know that you’ve done an amazing job to help support the children of Malawi.  
Going without food is just one way of participating in the 40 Hour Famine; there are heaps of other 40 Hour Famine Challenges.  
 
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 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. 
Here are a few ideas to get fundraising in a team or on your own. 

Go without:
  • Talking
  • Your phone
  • Furniture
  • WiFi
  • Motorised transport
  • Electricity
  • Netflix
  • Anything that you love...


Challenge yourself:

  • 40 good deeds in your community
  • Do a 4km walk
  • Sell tickets to a 40 hour movie marathon with your friends
  • Hold a bake sale
  • Wash 40 cars in a car wash
  • Live out of a backpack
  • Your imagination is your only limit...
The official 40 Hour Famine starts at 8pm on Friday 5th June and ends midday Sunday 7th June 2020.

If you’re unable to complete your challenge this weekend then choose a time that works for you! You’ll still make such a big impact just by being a part of it and fundraising. 

Firstly, find out if your school or church are participating in this year’s World Vision 40 Hour Famine. If they are, speak to your Famine Organiser and they will give you a Sponsorship Book, you can use your book to collect cash donations. 

Fundraising online is the easiest way to raise awareness and collect donations. 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 and all you need is your own email address.  

Easy! Fill in our form 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 FAMINE (326 463).
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! Head here to sign your team up.

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 ’40 Hour Famine 2020’ and then personalise your team page with your goal and details about your campaign. 

You can invite fundraisers to join the team and share on social media. 

Login into your My World Vision and select ‘My fundraising’. 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 teams information as well as each member of your team and how much money they have raised.  
You can still use a Sponsorship Book however online fundraising is the easiest way to raise funds and it helps us to keep our costs down! 
 
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 40 Hour Famine works. 
We encourage all 40 Hour Famine participants to create an online fundraising page. Once you have a fundraising page you can link up with your mates, church group or sports team, and send requests to friends and family to ask for their support. It’s a really great way to share your 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’d recommend a parent or guardian joins you. 
The easiest way to fundraise in online. Set up your own fundraising page. Share your fundraising page with your friends and family - you could even ask them to send 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.

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.
Money raised in the 2020 World Vision 40 Hour Famine will provide schools and farmers with seeds for crops, watering systems and goats so the people of Malawi can build resilient and sustainable farming and reduce the impact of climate change on their communities.

Thank you for taking up the challenge and supporting Malawian children; your fundraising will make a real difference.  
 
If you're fundraising as part of a school/church/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 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 team’s 2020 40 Hour Famine Deposit Book or Deposit Slip to bank your team cash donations at any ANZ branch by 3rd July 2020 (end of term 2). Please ensure the bank includes your team’s unique reference number so we can track your fundraising. 

  • If you've lost your team's 2020 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. 
      

If you're not participating as part of a 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, deposit these at any ANZ branch by 3rd July 2020 using the 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. 

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.

If sponsors have donated 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're fundraising as part of a school/church/team: 

  • 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 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’re not participating as part of a team:  

  • Any cash or cheque donations need to be banked using the 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. Don’t forget to include your unique reference number (Sponsorship Book number) or name so we can track your funds and add it to your online fundraising total. These donations will appear approximately 3-4 days after banking.  

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. Don’t forget to include your unique reference number (this can be found on the front of your Deposit Book) or school/ church/ 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 by 3rd July 2020 (end of term 2). 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 your completed Sponsorship Books and Organiser Record Sheet to World Vision using the postage-paid sticker provided. Freepost Famine, World Vision New Zealand, Private Bag 92078, Victoria Street West, Auckland 1142. 

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
Youtube.com/WVNZ

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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.  

Funds raised from the 2018 and 2019 World Vision 40 Hour Famine supported the children of South Sudan seeking refuge in Uganda.

Check out this report with more information.

Last year, 83.3% of donated funds went to our work overseas, bringing lasting change to millions of people in need. The remaining 16.7% enabled us to advocate for greater change and to leverage donations.  
If you want a breakdown of where World Vision New Zealand’s money goes, you can read our Annual Report.  
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.
The environmental effects of climate change have major consequences for people all around the world. People living in poverty are most vulnerable, especially those who live in low-lying coastal areas such as islands in the Pacific. Climate change makes life harder and more dangerous for them, and adds to existing problems like food insecurity and water scarcity. 

We’ve already seen that droughts, cyclones and floods are more frequent, destroying homes and livelihoods. Seasons are less predictable and crops are failing, pushing millions into hunger. Sea levels are rising, forcing women, men and children to leave their homes and land. 

The social and economic impacts of climate change are making it more difficult for people to enjoy their basic human rights, including those related to food, health, water, housing and adequate standard of living.
We’ve seen the impact of climate change on the lives of the most vulnerable children we work with first-hand. Droughts, cyclones and floods are more frequent, destroying homes and livelihoods. Seasons are less predictable and crops are failing, pushing millions into hunger. Sea levels are rising, forcing women, men and children to leave their homes and land. 

The poor, especially children, are the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. They are least able to protect themselves from its effects and they are least able to recover from climatic disasters. 

In short, climate change will affect almost every aspect of World Vision’s work and mission in the years to come. As one of the world’s leading aid and development organisations, World Vision recognises that to serve the poor faithfully, we must take the challenge of climate change seriously.

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