40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge

For the first time in 42 years, 40 Hour Famine has a new challenge.

In 2017, the 40 Hour Famine has changed! You’ll join thousands of others across Australia as you stand up to the biggest humanitarian crisis of our generation. The refugee and displaced persons crisis. Globally, there are more than 65.5 million people who have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict. More than half of them are children.

When you take up this year's 40 Hour Famine, 11 - 13 August, 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. By joining the challenge, you’ll begin to understand what it’s like for these children; leaving almost everything behind.

How to participateStep 1 - Accept the challenge
Step 1.

Sign up for the 40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge

Follow a few steps and your fundraising page will be up and running. You can keep track of your fundraising efforts on your favourite device; from anywhere at anytime.

Step 2 - LearnKnow the cause
Step 2.

Learn about what causes displacement and how your support can help.

Watch our Masterclass video series featuring World Vision experts who can teach you the important facts about the biggest humanitarian crisis of our time. We also have great tips and tricks to make your campaign a success with our fundraising masterclass series.

Step 3 - ShareGet sponsored
Step 3.

Get sponsored. Start raising funds by sharing your fundraising page with friends, family and your social media channels.

You can set up your fundraising page in just a few steps and then you’re ready to go. Set your target, keep track of your fundraising efforts and share your progress with your supporters.

Step 4 - 40 Hour Famine WeekendBackpack challenge begins
Step 4.

The 40 Hour Famine Weekend begins 8.00 pm Friday, 11 - 13 August 2017

Let’s begin the 40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge! Download the official 40 Hour Famine pack list and weekend guidelines. They contain information about the essential things you need to pack for the 40 Hours; such as food, water, and warm clothing.

Expect live challenges along the way and share your progress throughout the weekend on social media. We’ll be with you every step of the way as you join thousands of other Australians standing up to the biggest humanitarian crisis of our generation.

ImpactSee the results

See your impact as the funds you raise support World Vision’s work with refugee and displaced people around the world.

See your impact