Famine gives food for thought

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 19 April, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 19 April, 2011, 12:00am


The rain over the weekend failed to foil 6,000 people's determination to raise money for those in developing countries.

The 30-Hour Famine, organised by World Vision Hong Kong and Commercial Radio, raised HK$6 million for food and infrastructure projects in India, Myanmar, Cambodia and Kenya.

About 4,000 people took part in the 30-Hour Famine, while 2,000 people joined in the new 8-Hour Famine at the Aberdeen Sports Ground.

Last year, about 4,000 people took part and HK$3.5 million was raised. The event has been held every year since 1983.

Each participant was given two bottles of water and two packs of soya milk. They were allowed to bring their own drinks but they could not eat anything. They were also encouraged to take part barefoot, to understand the plight of people in developing countries who do not have shoes.

What's more, rather than just sitting and fasting during the event, participants had to complete a variety of tasks in a bid to get a small taste of what people in developing countries have to endure.

Celebrities including Vivian Chow Wai-man and Ella Koon Yan-na entertained the crowd.

World Vision chief executive Kevin Chiu Wun-ming said he was thrilled to see that the participants had been inspired by the exercise.

'I hope the unforgettable experiences they had in the 30-Hour Famine will be a driving force in sustaining their compassion for helping the needy,' he said.