World Vision Famine events are local events of voluntary fasting for 30 or 40 hours to raise money and awareness for world hunger. These events are usually done by youth in church organizations and are coordinated by the international World Vision organization. They have spread internationally, notably the international 30 Hour Famine, also the regional 40 Hour Famine in Australia and New Zealand and the 24 Hour Famine in the United Kingdom. The 30 Hour Famine is the most popular amongst all, spreading across 21 countries. a[›]
In 2008, over 500,000 young people across the United States helped raise over $12.1 million dollars to help feed and care for children in countries like Swaziland, Malawi, Haiti, and the United States.
David L. Wylie, a nondenominational youth leader, jump-started the movement in the United States about seventeen years ago as a youth director of Millen Baptist Church in South Georgia. He was looking for a way to stimulate the interest of his 25-member youth group in world hunger issues when he heard the idea of a voluntary hunger strike from World Vision. His group raised $3,000 that year, $5,000 the next and was featured on CNN Headline News and Wylie was nominated by Congressman Lindsey Thomas for a Presidential Point of Light Award. Wylie was also recognized by the Georgia House of Representatives, the Georgia Senate, and numerous Georgia governors for his efforts to get youth involved in hunger causes by using the 30-Hour Famine program. 
Thousands of teens across the U.S., Canada, and several other countries (including Hong Kong, Taiwan, the UK, and Australia and New Zealand) participate to raise money and then fast for 30 hours. However, individuals can raise money and fast by themselves. In 2006, over $11.6 million dollars were raised in the United States.
During the event, for 30 hours, participants must abstain from eating food, and instead they typically drink water, fruit juices, or other liquids Games, fund raisers, and other events may also take place to help teach and educate the participants and others about world hunger all over the world. It is also a time for education and awareness of world hunger, and an understanding of how people go without food for long periods of time. This, however, does not exclude those unable to fast.
The 40 Hour Famine is an annual charitable event held by World Vision Australia. The event aims for young Australians to feel empathy for the lack of food which children in third world countries struggle with, and to raise money to help children in these countries. It was started in 1975 in response to the famine in Ethiopia.
Participants must first raise money through sponsorship from other people. Participants must then abstain from a particular group of items or do/not do something for 40 hours. Some of the famines include not eating food, not using first world technology such as television, refraining from talking, and not using furniture. Some participants create their own famines, such as living in a cardboard box or being blindfolded. The event officially runs from 8pm on Friday to noon on Sunday, usually over a weekend in August. Participants may choose another time to fast if the official famine dates do not suit them.
Children that attend primary school (usually between the ages of 4 - 12) are encouraged to participate in the 8 hour famine for safety reasons, instead of the usual 40 hour famine.
The 40 Hour Famine was launched in 1975 by World Vision. This first 40 Hour Famine, on 15-17 August 1975, had 10,000 participants and raised NZ$265,000.
Since then, the 40 Hour Famine has continued to grow, raising over $2.5 million through 118,000 participants. The 40 Hour Famine, in many New Zealand schools and communities, has become an annual tradition.
In 2008, New Zealand’s Famine efforts will culminate in an event to be held over Famine weekend – 40 Hour LIVE! This new LIVE Famine event is unique because Faminer’s decide what happens – any participating school, group, or individual can apply to perform alongside their favourite bands and artists at the event, or can upload footage of their events to 40hourlive.org.nz.
Through the 40 Hour Famine, World Vision aims to invest in the lives of young New Zealanders, while raising life-changing funds for children overseas.
24 Hour Famine is also an annual charity event held by World Vision UK started in 1986. Every year thousands of people will not eat so that others can. The most popular thing to give up is food but some people may give up electricity or talking. In 2008 people are being sponsored to help the 'nowhere children' in Chennai.
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World Vision does not address the global famine events in one
general term, but rather address them in regionally specific names.
The 30 Hour Famine is the most popular and earliest event amongst
all. Its popularity is especially high in East Asia countries and
North America. The 40 Hour Famine is dedicated to Australia and New
Zealand only, while the 24 Hour Famine is solely dedicated to the