What is the 40 Hour Famine?

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Now in its 43rd year, the 40 Hour Famine remains one of Australia's largest youth events. Traditionally, participants have gone without something important for 40 hours, raising community awareness and much-needed funds towards World Vision’s work fighting global poverty and hunger. Food was the common choice for participants to go without, however, many others have gone without technology, furniture, talking or even the use of a limb!

Last year, the 40 Hour Famine was renamed the 40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge to address the refugee and displaced persons crisis. Globally, more than 65.6 million people have been forced from their homes due to conflict. More than half of them are under 18.

When you take part, you'll commit to living out of your backpack for 40 hours to lead change by raising funds for young people just like you.

Over the 40 hours, 12 challenges will be released via our website and social media. The challenges are designed to test your resilience and show you what it might be like to flee your home. This year we will introduce you to four young people – from Myanmar, South Sudan, Syria and Uganda – and you’ll have the chance to choose challenges influenced by their real-life journeys. But it’s not all super serious – we do want you to have some fun!

We recommend getting together with friends or others from your team for the best challenge experience – but flying solo is ok too.

For more information on what to expect and how to prepare for the challenge weekend, check out our handy How-to Guide.

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