Stand up to the biggest humanitarian crisis of our time

Globally, more than 65 million people have been forced out of their homes due to conflict. More than half of them are children.

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What conflict has taken away, you can help give back.

Can you imagine being forced to flee your home in search of safety? Leaving behind everything you've ever known to face an uncertain future?

This is the reality for millions of people around the world. Every minute, 24 people become displaced. More than half of them are children.

When you take up this year's 40 Hour Famine, you'll commit to living out of your backpack for 40 hours to raise funds for refugee and displaced children. Pack the essentials - food, water, warmth; whatever you think you'll need to get through the 40 hours.

40 Hour Famine
weekend

August 11-13, 2017

This year's 40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge will test your resilience. You'll commit to living out of your backpack for 40 hours to raise funds for refugee and displaced children. Pack the essentials - food, water, warm clothes; whatever you think you'll need to get through.

World Vision
youth conference

Tickets now available

Back by popular demand, the World Vision Youth Conferences will inspire and empower the next generation to tackle the biggest issues facing humanity. Keynote speakers and videos will motivate students to use their careers, volunteerism and activism for a great cause. You can attend in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

Through these conferences, we present students with the opportunity to make a real difference by leading the 2017 40 Hour Famine challenge in their schools.

Book tickets

World Vision
masterclass

Coming in May

Learn from World Vision experts about forced migration and displacement, what exactly is it? Where does it occur? What is the world doing to help? Hear from people who have lived through conflict and fleeing their homes, and find out what role you can play to help.

Millions have been forced to flee in search of safety

This year's 40 Hour Famine will support work in two different areas heavily affected by the crisis; Syria and South Sudan, and their neighbouring countries. The funds you raise will help provide food, water, blankets, tarps, temporary shelter and safe spaces for some of the world's most vulnerable children.

SyriaMore than five million children have been displaced in Syria or have fled the country.

Syria

Many have lost family members and witnessed or experienced unspeakable violence. An entire generation of children is missing out on the chance to go to school and live in the safety and security of their own homes.

South sudanMore than 850,000 children have been forced to leave their homes due to conflict.

South Sudan

This has resulted in large-scale hunger and emotional distress. It has also increased the risk of children being separated from their parents, which increases their vulnerability to exploitation and abuse.

Frequently Asked Questions

Now in its 42nd year, the 40 Hour Famine remains one of Australia's largest youth events. For 40 hours participants go without something important, raising much-needed awareness and funds for World Vision's work to address poverty and hunger.

Through this year's 40 Hour Famine, you'll be supporting the biggest humanitarian crisis of our time - the refugee and displaced persons crisis. Globally, more than 65.1 million people have been forced out of their homes due to conflict.

When you take part, you'll commit to living out of your backpack for 40 hours to raise funds for refugee and displaced children. This experience will help you begin to understand what it's like for these children who have left almost everything behind, even if just for a weekend.

The 2017 40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge is officially taking place from 8pm, Friday 11 August until midday, Sunday 13 August, but you can participate any time, choosing your own ‘Famine Challenge’ or fundraising event.

In 2017 through the 40 Hour Famine, we are raising funds for those who are forced to flee their homes in search of safety. This is the reality for millions of people around the world.

A refugee is a person who has crossed the border of their country and is living outside their country of origin and is unwilling or unable to return due to a well-founded fear of being persecuted because of their race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or, political opinion.

On a universal scale, the current refugee crisis is the highest number in recorded history with over 21.3 million refugees worldwide.

An Internally Displaced Person (IDP) is someone who has fled their home to another part of their country, but has not crossed an international border.

1 in every 113 people around the world is now displaced. There are more people who have been forcibly displaced that the populations of the UK, France or Italy. The global displaced population is approximately 3 times the population of Australia.

You can register here and we'll keep you posted on the latest 40 Hour Famine news, updates and events. We'll also let you know when it's time to activate your fundraising page.

This year, we're doing things a bit differently. Instead of giving up food for 40 hours, we'll be packing our bags.

You'll commit to living out of your backpack for 40 hours to raise funds for refugee and displaced children. Pack the essentials - food, water, warm clothes; whatever you think you'll need to get through.

This year's 40 Hour Famine will support work in two different areas heavily affected by the crisis - Syria and South Sudan (and their neighbouring countries).

The funds you raise will help provide food, water, blankets, tarps and temporary shelter for some of the world's most vulnerable children, as well as Child Friendly Spaces where they can learn, play and be children again.

The 40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge lets us experience what it's like to leave almost everything behind. By living out of our backpacks for 40 hours, we can begin to understand what it's like to pack just a few essential items, just as these children have had to do. We encourage you to join us on this journey and united, we can make a change - we can support refugee and displaced children through the funds we raise.

But of course it's all about raising money to help some of the world's most vulnerable children, so how you do that is up to you. You could give up food or technology, sleep in a box, wash cars, hold your own fundraiser, walk 40 kilometres - the choice is yours! Be as creative as you like and do it in a group or on your own.

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You can register here for the 2017 40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge. We'll keep you informed on the latest 40 Hour Famine news, updates and events. We'll also let you know when it's time to activate your fundraising page.

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