Wānaka Sun       

From Wanaka to Sudan, with love

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 08 Aug, 2019 | By Abby Costen newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Back in June this year, students from Mount Aspiring College took on a challenge, or gave something up — such as food, blankets, speaking or technology — for World Vision's 40 Hour Famine, New Zealand's biggest youth fundraising event.

Spread across 40 hours from Friday 7 to Sunday 9, the school collectively rose $10841 of vital funds to go towards helping the 800,000 South Sudanese people who have fled conflict in the hope of seeking refuge in Uganda. 

Year eight student Bonnie McGregor raised the most money for the cause, with $604 to her name, and has won a skydive voucher from Skydive Wanaka. 

Other outstanding Mount Aspiring College students include: Aria Winter ($315), Eli McArthur ($345), Abigail Winter ($376), Joseph Combe ($460), Tivi De Souza ($515) and Che De Souza ($550).

Kiwi actor Julian Dennison is now the ambassador for the 40 Hour Famine and recently returned from a trip to Uganda, where he met with young refugees, most of whom were of a similar age. 

World Vision New Zealand National Director Grant Bayldon says: “Julian has really empowered our youth to stand up and take charge in this year's 40 Hour Famine. I am really looking forward to seeing what challenges everyone takes up or things they give up to raise money, and the impact this will have on vulnerable South Sudanese refugees.”

The money raised in the 2019 40 Hour Famine will aid the provision of essentials for South Sudanese refugees in Uganda from the moment they cross the border, including clean water, food, foster care, household items, peace clubs for young people and more. 

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