40-hour Famine: St Hilda’s students take on Backpack Challenge

Olivia Caldow, Saasha Skirving, Rachel Lobo and Sabine Higgins from St Hilda''s students are taking part in the 40-Hour Famine''s backpack challenge (August 11 - 13). Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au   d472378
Olivia Caldow, Saasha Skirving, Rachel Lobo and Sabine Higgins from St Hilda''s students are taking part in the 40-Hour Famine''s backpack challenge (August 11 - 13). Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d472378

LOCAL school students will experience a weekend without their usual comforts as part of their effort to raise money for World Vision.

St Hilda’s students will be among 50,000 young Australians expected to participate in the 40 Hour Famine’s new Backpack Challenge, which will see them given only the necessities for the challenge, which officially takes place this weekend.

St Hilda’s will host their Backpack Challenge from August 25 to 27 and have set a $2000 fundraising target set.

School community service captain Sabine Higgins said the challenge would be undertaken at home, with limited food and two nights sleeping on the floor.

“I think students will gain a new found respect for the daily struggle of the people in these situations,” she said.

“Students will also learn to further appreciate the advantage most Australians have just for being born in such a lucky country.”

Donations will help provide food, water, blankets, tarps, temporary shelter and safe spaces for some of the world’s most vulnerable children.