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August 24, 2009

Your 40 Hour Famine Experience

Filed under: Current Issues,Food and Drink — gabrielwongau @ 12:58 pm
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Be the change you want to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandi

If you did the 40 Hour Famine this year I highly recommend you reflect and answer these 5 questions by posting a blog article or journaling it. Whatever it takes to reflect on your 40 Hour Famine experience:

1. What made you do the 40 Hour Famine? (ie. friend suggested it, done it before)

2. What did you go without and how did you feel (mentally, emotionally, physically, etc) going without it?

3. What was the biggest idea/thing you grasped from your 40 Hour Famine experience?

4. Do you now feel (more) passionate about the 900 million chronically hungry/deprived people around the world and would you do more than just the annual 40 Hour Famine? (make an action plan)

5. Will you do it again next year and how would you alter your 40 Hour Famine?

Here’s my reflection

This year was my second year I did the 40 Hour Famine. Last year I did it to challenge myself and what I could achieve as a Year 11 student. This year I did it once again to challenge myself and my beliefs.

I ended up going without breakdancing, food and talking. Going with break was easy, as I had no energy. As for talking, I had to go tuition so I wore a sticker that said 40 HF to Jacks. Jack laughed real hard, I’ve never seen him laugh as hard as he did. He thought I had H1N1 swine flu so he asked me to take the sticker off to not scare the parents away.

I went to a baptism and guess what? There was food. Food glorious food. There was strawberry drops, turkish bread, cakes. The lot. Sacrifice hurts.

At the end, I could feel the famine taking it’s toll physically as I could feel myself shake. I was alright mentally because I knew when my next meal was. A real famine is when you have no certainity of when your next meal is. I found sleeping the best way to ward off the hunger pains. Also playing computer games does literally feed you.

The biggest thing/idea I grasped from my famine this year was what contentment. Sacrificing the thing we depend on most can really put things into perspective. We shouldn’t be fussy about what we eat, as long as we have something/anything nutrious which will sustain us.

I like the bible proverb “Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred.” – Proverbs 15:17. Who would not prefer to sit down at a table where there is only bread and water but a wonderful atmosphere of love, than to a table loaded with goodies where everyone growls at each other?

I feel even more passionate about the world’s poor and hungry. My action plan is to pump everyone up for next year’s 40 Hour Famine and to be more passionate as an advocate for the world’s poor and hungry.

Next year I want to challenge myself further and do my 40 Hour Famine in the City CBD. I’ll sleep with the homeless and feel more of the poor’s plight. Can’t wait!

As Gandi said, if we wish to reform the world, we must reform ourselves. The hardest part is reforming ourselves because we are all human, frailed and fallen. We are similar to the poor in that regard. Sin isn’t just a personal issue we have to deal with ourselves, its a global infection we all have. Lucky we have Jesus’ heart ready for transplant for those who want it and need it.

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July 23, 2009

40 Hour Famine

Filed under: Current Affairs,Current Issues,Food and Drink — gabrielwongau @ 7:27 am
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The world’s biggest food crisis is on now.. and you probably didn’t even know it! The Global Food Crisis is into its second year and so far it’s plunged another 100 million people into extreme hunger and poverty.

Did you know?
*       People in over 30 countries are suffering from the effects of the Global Food Crisis.
*       There are now over 900 million chronically hungry people around the world, and approximately 1.4 billion live in extreme poverty.
*       Malnourished children are more likely to die from illnesses like diarrhoea and malaria.
*       Every day, an estimated 25,000 children die from hunger and preventable diseases.

Well I’ve had enough of hunger and starvation.  This year I’m biting back at the Global Food Crisis and doing the 40 Hour Famine.  I’m giving up Breakdancing and Food for 40 hours to raise money to help hungry kids affected by the Global Food Crisis.

Would you like to help hungry kids too?  Just $40 helps 5 kids for 1 month!  My target is to raise $1200.

Please donate online now (https://famine.worldvision.com.au/famine.cgi?a=SPONSOR_&pn=291370138). My 40 Hour Famine Number is: 291370138

Thanks for supporting me and helping hungry kids!

PS: Donations are tax deductible depending on your personal tax position.  The minimum amount is $2.  You will receive a tax receipt via email as soon as you’ve made the donation.

June 15, 2009

Talking Heads with Tim Costello

Tim Costello was on Talking Heads ABC1. He was discussing with Peter Thompson his life which included campaigning for the most marginalised people – the poor, the sick and the addicted. Apparenlty he first developed an awareness of injustice when he had to share a room with his brother Peter.

Justice has always been his question, “Why are those who should have more, the world’s poor, locked out?”

How long can we live in our own insular world before we recognise the injustices that take place around this global village of ours? As consumers do we have a responsibility for the products we consume that allow for these injustices to happen. From cocoa to the latest sneakers, can there be a better way?

Here’s the full transcripts of the interview: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/talkingheads/txt/s2593114.htm

June 13, 2009

Miniature Earth

Filed under: Current Affairs,Current Issues — gabrielwongau @ 1:18 pm
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I went to World Vision’s Global Leadership Convention on Friday our Report Writing Day and they were telling us about wealth distribution. I tried to find a website where they got the statistics but instead I found this video watched by over 2 million people.

Here is the accompanied text/statistics.

If we could turn the population of the earth into a small community of 100 people, keeping the same proportions we have today, it would be something like this:

61 Asians
12 Europeans
08 North Americans
05 South America and the Caribbean
13 Africans
01 Oceania

50 women
50 men
47 lives in urban area
9 are disable

33 are Christian (Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox, Anglicans and other Christians)
18 are Muslims
14 are Hindus
16 are non-religious
6 are Buddhists
13 practice other religions

43 live without basic sanitation
18 live without an improved water source

6 people own 59% of the entire wealth of the community

13 are hungry or malnourished
14 can’t read
only 7 are educated at a secondary level
only 12 have a computer
only 3 have an internet connection

1 adult, aged 15-49, has HIV/AIDS.

The village spend more than US$1.12 trillion on military expenditures UN
and only US$ 100 billion on development aid
If you keep your food in a refrigerator
And your clothes in a closet
If you have a roof over your head
And have a bed to sleep in
You are richer than 75% of the entire world population.

If you have a bank account
You’re one of the 30 wealthiest people in the world.

18 struggle to live on US$ 1.00 per day or less…
53 struggle to live on US$ 2.00 per day or less.
Appreciate what you have
And do your best for a better world.

Appreciate what you have. Appreciate what you have. Repeated for added effect. In the General Achievement Test (GAT) we had to write a peruasive essay on material possessions. I wrote “Do we truly own our stuff, or does our stuff own us?” Do we really appreciative of what we have?

And do your best for a better world. Whatever your passionate about, do your best for the world. At the World Vision Global Leadership Convention the speaker told us whatever your passionate about, let your passion help the poor.

If your reading this, your one of the 3 in the 100 people on this miniature Earth. Lucky, eh? I’m just as lucky.

Check the website out at http://www.miniature-earth.com/

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