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Last week, Saints students rallied together to make a difference to the 45 million young refugees around the world through a range of 40 Hour Famine initiatives in support of World Vision.

In order to spark conversations and raise funds to make a real difference, a select few boys from Years 7-12 gave up something near and dear to them for 40 hours including technology, furniture, and food. Showing solidarity and compassion, these individuals and groups chose to walk in the shoes of some of our world’s most vulnerable people.

Organised by the Service Society, a variety of events were held across the week at the Senior School to promote the 40 Hour Famine cause and to raise funds. On Tuesday, a BBQ lunch was held to fill stomachs before a relentless two days of fasting. Wednesday featured a sponge throw, at which students could pay one dollar to hurl a waterlogged sponge at their favourite teacher! The week culminated in an epic game of Student vs. Staff dodgeball, unmistakably the intercol event of the year!! This event attracted many challengers from across the Middle and Senior Schools.

Together, we not only managed to create a buzz around significant world issues but we collectively raised close to $4,000.

Special mention to the 7M Mentor Group who alone raised over $2,100, as well as Jack Maitland (Year 9), Will Subramaniam (Year 9), Hugo Hart (Year 12) and Mr Joel Baker for their amazing fundraising efforts.

Thank you also to members of the Service Society, Reverend Ben Bleby, Ms Kerry Skujins, Ms Laura Desmond and to everyone who supported the 40 Hour Famine activities. To see such positive engagement relating to the struggles of being displaced was humbling.

Chisomo Banzi (Year 12)