SHAH ALAM: Around 15,000 people gathered and raised RM2.2mil for charity through World Vision Malaysia’s 30-Hour Famine Countdown at Stadium Malawati, Shah Alam here.
World Vision Malaysia CEO Daniel Boey said he is always encouraged and humbled by the support given by Malaysians, to the 30-Hour Famine, especially by the younger generation.
"Their passion and motivation to reach out and help others as well as their eagerness to learn more about the key issues affecting the vulnerable are truly uplifting,” he said in a statement on Sunday.
Around half of them participated in the fast which lasted from Saturday (July 21) to Sunday (July 22) at 180 Do-It-Yourself (DIY) camps spread across the nation while the other half turned up for the final hours of the countdown at the stadium.
The 30-Hour Famine Countdown is an event to raise funds for impoverished children and communities all over the world.
Including the 15,000 people who gathered at the event, some 30,000 people participated in the project.
The highlight of the Countdown was a special appearance by Hong Kong based singer-songwriter G.E.M. who served as the 30-Hour Famine Ambassador 2018.
“I salute all the participants of the event. They are changing the lives of children and communities in need,” she said.
The event was first held in 1997 and has raised more than RM32 million for community development projects and emergency responses in more than 18 countries.
Funds raised this year will be used to combat food insecurity and malnutrition issues in India, Lesotho, Malaysia and Myanmar.
This includes helping challenged communities in Sabah with education and training, providing refugee communities with healthcare awareness programmes, and giving marginalised children in rural Malaysia access to quality education and a sustainable community.
Those who wish to donate to World Vision’s 30-Hour Famine can still do so by logging on to www.30hourfamine.my or by calling World Vision Malaysia at (603) 7880 6414.