Tips for staying safe
Going without anything for 40 hours – especially something you love – is gonna be tough. And if you’ve decided you want to give up food, then you should be prepared.
Giving up food?
Here are some ways to play it safe while you're fasting:
- Drink plenty of water, fruit juice or tea;
- Feel free to eat energy sweets (like barley sugars) occasionally;
- If you’re at primary school, please consider skipping food for only eight hours;
- Talk to your parent or guardian if you have any existing health issues before participating;
- When you finish the 40 Hour Famine, ease your way back to normal eating by having something light and healthy, like a salad or fruit.
And remember, going without food is not the only option. There are plenty of other things you could choose to give up. Read 'What are you giving up?' for some great ideas – or add your own suggestions and help others!
Giving up something other than food?
Heaps of people give up things like furniture, eye sight and modern technology. They love to ask us what the rules are. The answer is: you make the rules. Make the 40 hours as difficult as you like, but please use common sense and stay safe.
Staying safe while fundraising
Getting donations can be tough too, so if you get stumped for ideas, check out our fundraising tips. World Vision strongly advises against doorknocking or collecting money in public as fundraising methods, unless you're over 16 or are accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Only ask people you know for donations.
Have a fun and safe 40 Hour Famine weekend - we want to see you back next year! Good luck with your efforts, be safe and use common sense.