Church urges teens to join famine

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Learning what it is like to go without food is on the agenda for teens taking part in this year’s 40 Hour Famine.

The Calvin Community Church is hosting a famine event from June 8 to 10.

Calvin Community Church youth pastor Lydia Esveld is encouraging teens to sign up for the fundraiser.

“It’s raising money for children in South Sudan,” Mrs Esveld said.

“We did it last year and it was a great success.”

Last year 26 teens took part in the fundraiser, and she believed just over $2000 was raised.

It was hoped this year’s effort would yield about the same amount, she said.

Those taking part in the fundraiser will gather at the church for a sumptuous meal on the Friday night before the famine begins at 8pm.

Participants will make cardboard shelters to sleep in.

They can have barley sugar lollies and juice while fasting, and there is a dispensation for those who would be playing sport to eat a small cup of rice.

Once the fundraiser finishes on Sunday, lunch will be served at the church.

Alongside the traditional fundraiser, there will be an exercise-bike-riding challenge.

Exercise bikes will be set up at the church and people can register for half-hour slots. Donations will be taken from the riders.

There would even be someone riding a bike during the Sunday morning church service, Mrs Esveld said.

This is the church’s first year hosting the exercise-bike-riding challenge.

There will be a prize for the participant who raises the most money.

For more information or to register contact Mrs Esveld on 27 453 9027.