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Shortland Street’s Lucy Elliott (Dayna) and Grace Palmer (Lucy) are set to be part of the 2015 World Vision 40 Hour Famine as Team Blue. The girls are participating by doing as many good deeds as they can in 40 hours.

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World Vision is an international humanitarian aid, development, and advocacy organisation that works to improve the lives of children and families in the developing world through sustainable, community-based initiatives.

Proceeds from this year’s 40 Hour Famine will go to three poverty-stricken areas of Bangladesh: Mithapukur, Nilphamari and Pirganj to fight the effects of malnutrition, establishing emergency feeding programmes, teaching families how to grow veggies and improving access to health and nutrition services.

When a person is not getting enough food or not getting the right sort of food, malnutrition is just around the corner. A malnourished person finds that their body has difficulty doing normal things such as growing and resisting disease.

The rate of malnutrition in Bangladesh is nearly the highest in the world. 1 in every 17 Bangladeshi children won’t make it to their 5th birthday.

“We are privileged here in New Zealand, we live in a beautiful place with a lot of access to basic needs. The people of Bangladesh don't. We need to be able to help those who can't help themselves.” Says Lucy Elliott.

“We’re just encouraging everyone and anyone to get involved. And if they wanna do so whilst wearing BLUE then that would be awesome. Every dollar counts and it’s so heart-warming to see what a difference we can make,” says Grace.

Some of the other teams participating include Marty and Steph from The Edge, Jamie Curry and Kimberley Crossman, and Eve, Michael and Massad from The 4.30 Show.  


  • Official date: 22-24 May 2015
  • Every year around 120,000 young Kiwis do the 40 Hour Famine
  • The 2015 Challenge: Take a stand and raise $2.5 million for children in Bangladesh
  • Since it began 41 years ago, Kiwis have raised over $72 million for hungry children around the world


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1. Join the Movement. Sign up online now at

2. Show what you stand for with a 40 Hour Famine wristband.

3. Recruit your friends to join the fight.

4. Set your Famine challenge and share your goal, pics, tweets and updates online. Tell everyone about your fight against hunger.

5. Ask anyone and everyone to sponsor you - collect donations through your sponsor book and online profile.

6. Do the 40 Hour Famine with your friends.

7. Make it count! Return your sponsor book and donations.

8. Take a stand against hunger.