He stated that besides poverty in terms of hunger, there is also poverty in spirit. “If we face poverty in spirit, then we’ll lose our humanity. Whatever the colour of our skin, we belong to one race, that is, the human race.”
As for the campers, the activities lined up for the 30 hours included a video clip on World Vision reaching out to the communities in Myanmar, Thailand and China, games, songs, and video/slide presentations on poverty, child trafficking, AIDS and domestic violence.
Among the participants was software engineer Yee Tian Si, 30, who was accompanied by his friend, a secondary school student. Yee has been involved in World Vision’s child sponsorship programme for the last 3 years, but this is his first time in joining the ‘fast-a-thon’.
In Malaysia, the 30-hour famine with its slogan ‘Light Up Their Life’ has raised over RM800,000 this year to help children and communities living in poverty.