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Join the 40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge 
6-8 & 13-15 September 2019

Unite with thousands of other Australians to stand with young refugees around the world. Together, we can lead change. 

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About the 40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge

Join the 40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge and take a stand for young refugees around the world. You'll unite with thousands of other Australians to lead global change by raising funds for young people who've been forced to flee their homes. Take up the challenge and commit to living out of your backpack with only essentials for 40 hours.

Globally there are 70.8 million refugee and displaced people - among them 25.9 million refugees and more than half that number are under the age of 18.

The refugee crisis 101

Millions of children and families have been displaced by conflict and strife. The world is currently witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record, among them 25.9 million refugees, half under the age of 18. Just like you. From South America to the Middle East, families and communities are impacted and flee from natural disaster, economic crises, conflict and social upheaval.

One person is forcibly displaced every two seconds, that’s 30 people every minute. More than 67 percent of refugees worldwide come from Syria, Afghanistan,South Sudan, Myanmar and Somalia. And from the world’s largest refugee camp in Bangladesh, to the Central African Republic; 1 in every 110 people globally is either an asylum-seeker, displaced or a refugee. 

Young people account for more than 50% of refugees worldwide. Children and young adults just like you. Sadly, more than four million refugee children go without schooling, with many spending their entire childhoods away from home. Thousands are separated from their families and at risk of exploitation, child slave labour, abuse and other harmful situations. We must act.

World Vision is responding to the needs of thousands of refugees across the globe. Money raised through the 40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge helps support the needs of refugees and displaced people through things like emergency relief, supplementary food, nutrition and hygiene support, education and maternal and child health care. We invite you to be part of the solution. 

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Whether you’re a teacher, team leader, or flying solo for the challenge, check out the great tips and tricks that will help take your 40HF Backpack Challenge campaign to the next level. Whether you need to recruit team members, kick-start your fundraising, or prepare for the challenge weekend – we’re here to help!

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