IN the time it takes for you to read this sentence, a child will have died because of poverty. By this time next year, at least 11 million children under the age of five will have been killed by hunger. In an attempt to bring attention to this, and the related issue of unfair distribution of the earth's resources, Oxfam Hong Kong, a non-profit international development and relief agency, will again hold a Hunger Banquet with Commercial Radio 1 (CR1) atthe Queen Elizabeth Stadium on November 15. ''It's important for Hong Kong people to be aware of the problems faced by developing countries,'' said Mr Chong Chan-yau, Oxfam HK's Director (Fund-raising and Outreach). Popular artists like Kenny Bee, Andy Hui and Cally Kwong will be among the group comprising 60 per cent of the 200 celebrities and community leaders attending the banquet. These artists will represent poorer countries and take only ''boiled rice and water'' for lunch. By contrast, up-and-coming singers Victoria Chan and Yeung Choi-nei will represent the privileged 15 per cent, rich nations, and enjoy a ''gourmet meal''. The 25 per cent to which singer Chris Wong belongs represent middle-income countries. They will have a ''simple but nourishing meal''. The public already had a taste of deprivation on Food Day recently, when they attended Oxfam's first Mini Hunger Banquet, held at the Ocean Terminal. Visitors drew lots for their lunch. Most got only a piece of bread, while a quarter of the number received a simple sandwich, and the very privileged few ate a more deluxe meal. Another such banquet will take place at Metro Plaza, Kwai Fong, on November 7. Oxfam wants to see hunger banquets used as a full-scale educational campaign to raise public awareness of this world issue. ''We have prepared a guiding manual that will encourage many to organise their own banquets,'' said Oxfam information officer Ms Freda Ng, adding that there is also a video on food and hunger to provide educational support for such events. The Hong Kong Professional Teachers' Union is again joining forces with Oxfam to hold another Family and Youth Hunger Banquet early next year. In the recent lot-drawing ceremony for the November banquet, Andy Hui said he recalled last year's experience of sitting on straw-covered ground right next to the enviable rich who consumed their sumptuous meal on a red carpet. ''What a stark contrast!'' he said. ''I think the rich should really help the less fortunate.'' Kenny Bee, who got a middle-income meal last time, said: ''Participating in the banquet has helped me cut down spending on junk food, and this time, maybe my weight!''