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World Vision Malaysia successfully concludes virtual 30-Hour Famine
Published:  Aug 6, 2020 3:14 AM
Updated: 4:56 AM

It was a Countdown like no other. Everyone kept their physical distance. Yet, they were together as one – virtually.

World Vision Malaysia (WVM)’s first virtual 30-Hour Famine – 30-Hour Famine: Home Edition – wrapped up its final 2 hours yesterday with a special appearance by its 2020 Famine Ambassador, Taipei-based singer-songwriter, Eric Chou, and a host of local personalities.

World Vision Malaysia 30-Hour Famine 2020 Ambassador Eric Chou dialed in from Taipei to join the final hours of the 30-Hour Famine: Home Edition. He was hosted by Aki from MY and William Lee.

“I am delighted to be the 30-Hour Famine Ambassador and want to spread positivity across the world through my music because I believe that is what we all need right now. I hope all of you will continue to join me in helping the vulnerable Break The Limits of poverty. This year’s theme is also very apt for me on a personal level as I have made it my daily motto to go beyond my comfort zone in everything I do. I look forward to meeting everyone next year!” said Eric, who subtly announced that he will also be the 30-Hour Famine 2021 Ambassador.

Instead of coming together at a stadium and fasting, this year’s 30-Hour Famine participants were given a glimpse into the lives of children and communities in Mongolia.

Eric Chou sang a few of his self-penned hits over a video call to send encouragement and cheers to all the participants.

Through the use of an eGuidebook, participants were required to build their own ger at home and cook everyday Mongolian dishes on a budget. Online activities and programmes on issues related to hunger and poverty were held throughout 30 hours to provide participants an insight into these global issues.

It was truly an event in tune with its theme “Break the Limits.”

From left to right: Phoebe Yap (World Vision Malaysia Advocate for Health & Nutrition), Daniel Boey (Chief Executive Officer of World Vision Malaysia), William Lee (30-Hour Famine Supporting Celebrity).

Said Chief Executive Officer of World Vision Malaysia, Daniel Boey: “Our goal is to raise sufficient funds to channel to various local and international projects focusing on alleviating hunger and poverty.”

To date, close to RM300,000 of the RM2 million target have been raised. Funds raised through the 30-Hour Famine 2020 will be channeled to combat livelihood, clean water and sanitation issues in the Democratic Republic of Congo, China, India, Mongolia, Myanmar and Vietnam.

A change of format for the 30-Hour Famine 2020 did not stop Yise Loo, a long-time supporter of World Vision Malaysia, from showing her support.

Closer to home, beneficiaries include World Vision Malaysia’s community development work in Sabah, Dual Blessing Berhad, ElShaddai Centre Berhad, Fugee School, Good Shepherd Services, SUKA Society and Yayasan Sin Chew.

Added Boey: “The COVID-19 pandemic has made community development work even more challenging and poses a major risk to the efforts and progress made to alleviate hunger and poverty. It is essential we reach our target so that the pandemic does not leave catastrophic effects on children and families living in poverty. We are appealing to Malaysians from all walks of life to actively participate in our quest to fight hunger and poverty in vulnerable communities around the world.”

Orange Tan of 8TV also joined in the Online Countdown Event and serenaded the participants with a few tunes.

Donations to World Vision Malaysia’s 30-Hour Famine can still be made via their website: https://30hourfamine.my/ or call World Vision Malaysia at (603) 7800 0899.

The 30-Hour Famine’s founding partner is Sin Chew Daily, media partners are 8TV, MY, MELODY, GOXUAN and Tonton, while its livestream partner is My Broadcast. The principal sponsors are HELP University and SEIKO, major sponsors are Acer Malaysia, V-SOY and Hock Moon Hiong Foods Sdn Bhd. Fonfood Industries Sdn Bhd is also a sponsor.

Singer, composer and actor Uriah See, who is also known for his violin accompaniments, took time out to participate in the Online Countdown Event.

FS (Fuying & Sam) sang two of their new songs.