This weekend thousands of Aussies will take part in the 40 Hour Famine.
It’s the 40th anniversary of the iconic youth event that raises community awareness and funds to help fight global hunger.
To celebrate 40 years of the 40 Hour Famine, this Saturday night Liberty Family Church in Healesville, outside of Melbourne, is holding a 40 Hour Famine Concert. World Vision Australia artists Levi McGrath and Carter and Carter, and Chief Executive Tim Costello will take to the stage to raise money for the 40 Hour Famine.
The church’s community associate, Joel Hawting, said proceeds from the night will support people in need around the world.
“We wanted to raise awareness of the reality of the world around us and to help kids see that there are kids overseas who are facing much bigger challenges than we are – sometimes, even having enough food to survive to see another day,” Joel said.
The concert follows on from a similar event held last year which raised $9,000 for the 40 Hour Famine, and this year Joel hopes to reach $10,000.
“Last year, we did a similar concert here at our church – this year, we wanted to increase the opportunity for people to engage with the 40 Hour Famine,” he said.
“I guess our heart as a church in doing this is to get the whole town of Healesville behind a cause greater than ourselves – we want to see the community grow together around causes of justice, get behind this great cause, and make a real difference in the world.”
Since 1975, the 40 Hour Famine has been one of Australia’s biggest youth events. Participants give up something that matters to them for 40 hours, such as food, technology or talking, to raise awareness and funds for children living with poverty and hunger.
“When we give up things and when we make sacrifices, it helps us to get into a position to better understand the injustices we see in the world around us – it helps us to relate to issues of human rights and justice so much better,” Joel said.
In the days leading up to the concert, the World Vision artists have been visiting local primary and high schools to run songwriting workshops and concerts to talk about social justice issues. Art workshops and competitions have also been held to encourage children to learn more about issues of global poverty and hunger.
Please join us in prayer for all Australians who are giving up something for the 40 Hour Famine to raise awareness and funds for children living with poverty and hunger.