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The 40 Hour Famine happens in August. Every year thousands of Australians take part and take a stand against poverty. Let us know your details here and we will tell you when registrations are open.



Frequently Asked Questions


When do registrations open?

Registration opens at the end of May. Please let us know your details here and we will let you know when you can come back and set up your fundraising profile.

What time does the official 40 Hour Famine weekend start and finish?

STARTS: 8pm on Friday 19 August

FINISHES: 12pm on Sunday 21 August

We recommend that you participate in the official 40 Hour Famine weekend – it’s so much fun to do it with thousands of others! But if you can’t do it on the official weekend you can choose any other weekend in August.

When can I start fundraising?

You can start fundraising from 10 July. You then have all the way up until 31 August to reach your target. There will be lots of great resources available to help you fundraise. These will be available after registration opens at the end of May.


How do I collect donations?


Ask your family, friends and people you know well to donate to you for the 40 Hour Famine. We will provide you with helpful hints and tips on how to collect donations once we have made registration available at the end of May.

You can give us your details here so we can let you know when registrations are open.


Go doorknocking or collect money in public. We strongly advise against it, unless you’re over 16 or accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

What am I allowed to eat/drink while doing a Food Famine?

Things to remember if you’re giving up food:

  • Drink plenty of water, fruit juice or tea.
  • Feel free to eat energy sweets (like barley sugars) occasionally – every two to four hours.
  • Make sure your parent/guardian is aware you’re participating, and let them know straight away if you’re feeling unwell.
  • When you finish the 40 Hour Famine, ease your way back to normal eating by having something light and healthy, like a salad or fruit.
Under 12 years of age?
  • If you’re under 12 years of age you must not give up food for more than eight hours in total during the 40 Hour Famine.
  • For a 40-hour challenge you can give up furniture, talking or television!


Where is the money going?

The money raised will support World Vision projects in countries around the world. You’ll be helping to reduce hunger and malnutrition in countries such as Bangladesh, Cambodia, East Timor, Laos, Malawi, Nepal, Swaziland and Uganda.

World Vision’s work makes a life-changing difference and we couldn’t do it without you!

In Bangladesh, for example, your 40 Hour Famine funds will be helping to:

  1. Improve the health of children under five through nutrition training for parents and caregivers.
  2. Increase access to child health and nutrition services such as immunisation, vitamin supplements and growth monitoring.
  3. Empower communities to tackle malnutrition by teaching each other about practices such as healthy cooking and breastfeeding.
  4. Reduce malnutrition among mothers, in order to reduce low birth weights, through support groups for pregnant women.
  5. Improve households’ ongoing access to food through better agricultural practices.
  6. Improve incomes by training women in business skills and establishing savings groups.
What are the different ways people can donate to me?

Once registrations open at the end of May, you can set up your profile page. The easiest way to accept donations will be through your Famine profile page. You can send your donors a link to your page and they can take it from there. It’s quick and easy for your donors and they’ll receive a tax-deductible receipt via email (for donations $2 and over).

Payment methods:

The payment methods accepted include PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, cash, cheque and BPAY.


What is the Youth Ambassador Program?

Being a World Vision Youth Ambassador is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You’ll travel overseas and see World Vision’s work firsthand, and you’ll use your experience to inspire your peers and the wider community. Click here for more information.


Can I donate to a participant by cash, cheque or BPAY?

Yes. Simply click “Give Now” on the participant’s Famine profile page and enter your details, select “Cash, Cheque or BPAY” as the payment method then click “Confirm and Pay”.

A pledge form will be emailed to you, and you can also download one on the spot. It has all the details you need to complete your donation.

When your donation has been processed, a receipt will automatically be sent to your email address.


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