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World Vision CEO Tim Costello AO meets with student leaders on the 40 hour famine

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L-R Isabele Evans, Shashank Murali, James Keeves, Harry Barnes, Eliza Colley, Oliver van Ruth, Isaac Aitken and Reverend Tim Costello AO

Student leaders from St Peter’s College, Prince Alfred College and Wilderness School, Adelaide were privileged to hear a presentation by Rev Tim Costello and Jacinta Clarke from World Vision regarding the 40 hour famine and spend time chatting with them.

The presentation was to approximately 800 students in total.

Please find below some quotes from the student leaders on this year’s 40 Hour Famine, with funds raised supporting their imitative in Ethiopia.

Oliver van Ruth (Captain, St Peter’s College, Adelaide)
“Rev Tim Costello was very sobering. He was able to place our lives into perspective with World Vision’s goals. Rev Costello pointed out that people often say ‘I wish I could win the lottery’. By living in Australia we have won the lottery. We have a global responsibility to share what we have. If I did win the lottery I would share the money that I won. In actual fact I have won the lottery simply by living in Australia. Understanding how lucky I am means that I have a responsibility to lead the change to help eliminate global poverty.”

Isaac Aitken (Vice Captain, St Peter’s College, Adelaide)
“Both Rev Tim Costello and Jacinta Clarke brought home the notion of just how privileged we are to be Australians living in Australia. We have already laid the ground work for the 40 Hour Famine through an assembly where we used the students to represent the disequilibrium of wealth and the impact of global poverty. It was really powerful. We asked a group of around 20 boys to stand to show the ‘privileged in the world’, we then asked them to sit and asked the remaining students in the auditorium to stand.  They were the impoverished. We (as student leaders) have an obligation to share what we learned today, to raise awareness through the student body. We have a number of fundraisers planned to support World Vision.

Eliza Colley (Wilderness School)
“Jacinta Clarke is the youth ambassador for World Vision in SA/NT. I was really taken aback by how the lifestyle changes she faced in travelling to Ethiopia were really hard to get her hear around. Not showering for a week and being really dirty isn’t something that we experience in Australia. We take so much for granted and there are so many things that are ‘important to us (like technology) that the people in Ethiopia don’t even think about. They are concerned with issues of clean running water and simply having enough food for a meal. Or making the choice between buying food, buying medicine or paying the rent for their one room home. It made me take a step back to consider just how much I take for granted and how little it would take to make a really big change. For example, children in Ethiopia walk a kilometre or more for clean water, a tap they share with hundreds of other families; and I have 8 taps in and around my house. I only have to step a few meters in any direction to find clean water.”

Isabele Evans (Wilderness School)
“Rev Costello compared his lifestyle to the lifestyle of the poor. His lesson started with his own children. The contrast was huge. When Tim talked to his son Martin and tried to give him perspective, it presented a challenge that most of us face. We simply can’t comprehend how things can really be that bad. My sister is in Kenya at the moment, she has just finished building a house as a volunteer. Whenever we hear from her she talks to us about the contrast between our lives and those of the community she is helping. I understand because of this  how important it is that we make a change. Wilderness has a commitment to fundraising for World Vision.”

James Keeves (Prince Alfred College)
“Rev Tim Costello and the Youth Ambassador, Jacinta Clarke described powerful images that presented the reality of poverty.  There is a risk that the images on the news and the stories in the paper have been watered down by a combination of the economic situation in America and Europe and a sense that the wider community has become desensitised to the cause. I couldn’t imagine being faced with the choice of either buying antibiotics for a sick child or food for the whole family. The change starts here. We (the students of PAC, Saints and Wilderness) have the opportunity to change the future, there is hope for the future if we collectively make eliminating poverty a priority. We can make a difference”.

Shashank Murali (Prince Alfred College)
“Tim Costello used an analogy that we are all on a water bed. If you place pressure on one side the level rises elsewhere on the bed, a ripple effect of sorts. Swine flu in Mexico had the ripple effect of closing schools in Melbourne. Climate change impacts us all globally. It only takes one person to make a difference. Actions that we think are seemingly insignificant are actually part of a huge ripple effect for positive change. By participating in World Vision’s 40 Hour Famine we can make a little go a long way together”.

Harry Barnes (Prince Alfred College)
“Technology – the media, social media such as youtube and facebook have made the world is a global community. So what happens here impacts the lives of others across the world. Through technology that impact becomes personal. So in that respect the choices I make this week and next week will impact someone across the world. By donating as little as $40 to World Vision we can feed a family of five for a month. Small changes here make such a big impact in impoverished communities.”
For a fact sheet on the 40 hour famine:  40 Hour Famine fact sheet

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