Wairarapa College students have gone without so they can raise enough money for three
fully resourced classrooms in a Syrian refugee camp.
The 40 Hour Famine leadership team have set themselves the goal of raising $7500 which
is enough money to set up three classrooms for Syrian children.
To achieve this goal they are not only completing the 40 hour famine but have run a bake
sale and are organising a fundraising concert with students from other secondary schools in
The team gave out over 150 famine packs to students at WaiCol and starting last weekend
these students have undertaken the famine in a variety of ways. Teacher in charge Fleur
Hardman says students are not only doing the traditional famine of fasting – they are living
out of a backpack for 40 hours which is how Syrian refugees live all the time or tying
themselves to another student doing the famine or not talking. ‘I am doing the famine not
talking and am also selling 40 things to raise money,’ she says.
Year 12 leadership team member Camryn Scott completed the famine by living out of a
backpack all the while tied with rope to fellow student Tayla Hooper. Camryn says her and
Taylor worked out the challenges of being attached to someone and it worked well. Living
out of backpack brought different challenges and she had to learn to adapt if she forgot
something. ‘It gave me an idea of what it must be like for a Syrian refugee who had to pack
quickly and leave so many things behind,’ she says.
Camryn wanted to become part of the leadership team and complete the famine because
she feels Syrian children have lost so much and she has so much living in New Zealand.
‘I wanted to raise money for a classroom and raise awareness for the Syrian refugees,’ she
Miss Hardman says students involving themselves in World Vision gets young people
engaging with the bigger issues in the world today and looking beyond themselves.
Wairarapa College has being involved as a school in running and participating in World
Vision’s 40 Hour Famine for many years.