30-Hour Famine celebrates 30 years of hunger for change

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 February, 2013, 2:51am

The number of hungry people in the world declined from a billion in 1990 to 870 million last year.

It's no small accomplishment, but obviously we still have a long way to go to eradicate hunger and poverty.

One event trying to turn the tide is the 30-Hour Famine. One of Hong Kong's longest-running hunger-awareness events, it celebrated its 30th anniversary with a launch ceremony at the Olympian City mall on Monday. The anniversary event is themed Love Never Fails.

The 30-Hour Famine entails volunteers taking a pledge to fast for 30 hours; there's also an option to not eat for eight hours.

Participants gather in an unfortunately named Famine Camp in Aberdeen, where they attend workshops about fighting global hunger and poverty, and are entertained by performers who donate their time to the cause.

Three of the stars who will play at the finale attended the launch: Mando-pop singer-songwriter Khalil Fong Dai-tong, singer-composer Endy Chow Kwok-yin and radio DJ Maria Tang Wai-yin.

Chow and Tang had just returned from Cambodia, where they had been working with underprivileged children. The pair shared how it felt to help those in need.

The 30-Hour Famine will take place on April 6 and 7.

You can secure a place in the Famine Camp by raising HK$1,200 (or HK$400 for an eight-hour stay) and signing up at