The 40 Hour Famine 'Hype Week' was in week 8, leading up to the official 40 Hour Famine weekend, and was packed with activities each day for the students and teachers. The 40 Hour Famine Committee organised this to raise more awareness for the 40 Hour Famine, and the hope that more students would sign up, get involved, or donate. Additionally to this, each committee were tasked with the challenge to contribute in some way to the 40 Hour Famine, with Sports putting on a primary school movie night, Academic with the whole committee signing up, Cultural with a lunchtime concert, and Service with a Mitre 10 bake sale.
Monday morning the famine committee hosted a breakfast for the staff in the staff room, with generously sponsored treats and ingredients from local businesses like Pembroke Patisserie, Kai Pai and Four Square. Monday also entailed a three-legged race for the deans of each house, with Iron house taking the win. Tuesday's concert was a great hit, gathering students from across the school to sing and dance. Thursday was the #screamforSSAfrica event, where the male house leaders got their legs waxed, and a great team of year 9 boys took the initiative to run a "burger sizzle" for even further fundraising.
And finally Friday we had a "real chicken" come in and take photos with students, as well as a sausage sizzle. This year a theme for 40 Hour Famine was that $26 could buy chickens for families in need in Sub-Saharan Africa, so the 40 Hour Famine Committee put a creative twist on this to follow on from last year's baby goat. Overall, the school has managed to raise around $20,000 so far, which is an absolutely incredible amount of money.
It has been so cool to see students getting stuck in, and taking on some fantastic challenges. From walking 40 kilometres, to 40 hours of service, to 40 hours of making meals for Food For Love... 40 Hour Famine 2021 has been a way MAC has gone above and beyond by truly helping our wider global community, whilst giving back to Wanaka too.