Wānaka Sun       

40 Hour Famine a great success

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 11 Jun, 2020 | By Ollie Blyth journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz

Mount Aspiring College has seen a phenomenal 40 Hour Famine fundraising effort this year, with $21,790.80 raised at the time of writing. The famine had a slight twist this year, with a larger focus on how senior students could give back to the community, as well as raising money to support families in Malawi.  

The student leader of the school's Famine committee, Emily Heath, explained that, “On the weekend, Mount Aspiring College Year 13 students completed a combined total of 192 hours of community service for the World Vision 40 Hour Famine, with 20 more hours being completed in the coming weekends. We saw an opportunity where we could not only help the children in Malawi who are struggling from the effects of climate change, but also help our own community in the wake of lockdown and COVID-19.”

“We had a goal to reach $12,000 for the famine, and have well surpassed this,” added Heath, “MAC is currently the second highest fundraising school in the country for the 2020 World Vision 40 Hour Famine. We are blown away with the support and generosity that we have received from the Wānaka community, especially in one of the most challenging financial times of recent decades.” 

Volunteer based nursery Te Kakano benefitted from the community service hours. Loran Verpillot from Te Kakano helped to organise two sessions for the students, “One session was near the marina where some MAC students planted some trees about four years ago. First we identified the native trees, and then we pulled out some weeds that were growing around the trees, put some carpet around the plants and tidied up the area,” said Verpillot.

“The second session was at Penrith Wetland and it was also about looking after the trees and shrubs that are growing out there. It went very well, everyone was keen and stayed a bit longer than an hour.”

Read edition 978 of the Wānaka Sun here.

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