The 40 Hour Famine encourages young people to stand with refugees
Last year, the 40 Hour Famine was renamed the 40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge to address the refugee and displaced persons crisis. This year, on 17 to 19 August, participants lived out of a backpack for 40 hours, so that they could begin to understand what it's like to leave almost everything behind – even if just for a weekend.
Since 1975, the 40 Hour Famine has raised over $200 million to support World Vision Australia projects across 26 countries. In the past nine years alone, more than two million people have benefited from the sacrifices of young Australians. This year, funds raised will help World Vision support the needs of refugees and displaced people around the world.