Five Blues players are taking a leading role in this years’ 40 Hour Famine as they front ‘Team Blue’ in the annual World Vision fundraiser.
Francis Saili and Lolagi Visinia are the official leaders of Team Blue and are supported by Bryn Hall, Patrick Tuipulotu and Albert Nikoro as ambassadors.
More than 2.5 million Kiwis have participated in the famine over the past four decades to raise $72 million for World Vision’s emergency and sustainable development work around the world.
“We are extraordinarily appreciative to the millions of Kiwis who’ve helped us improve and save lives over the past 40 years. For a little country, we have managed to make a huge difference in the fight against poverty,” says World Vision CEO Chris Clarke.
The Blues ambassadors are all participating in the famine, by giving up a range of things including TV, social media and their cell phones.
“We’re really enjoying being involved with the Famine this year, hopefully we’ll see lots of people sign-up to do the Famine with Team Blue,” said Team leader Francis Saili.
Players are visiting a number of schools in the lead up to the famine to encourage students to take part.
This years’ 40 Hour Famine will begin at 8pm on Friday the 23rd of May and end at midday Sunday the 25th of May.
The money raised will go to Malawi in south-east Africa which is in the midst of a severe food crisis brought on by extreme weather conditions. The funds will be used to address issues of food insecurity and nutrition, as well as long-term sustainable agriculture projects and community health initiatives.
To join Team Blue go to: www.worldvision.org.nz