37 students and a teacher (a big thank you to Mr. Davis for participating) started their fast on Thursday after school, and 29 students participated in the sleepover in the library Friday night.
They raised nearly RM4000 to contribute toward helping others build a better home for their families. Emily ’18, alone raised RM520!
While ISKL has been holding this event for the past 5 years, and this years H4H (Habitat for Humanity) 40 Hour Famine comes to an end, we find a question raises itself: does fasting for two days raise the awareness it needs?
Tanya ‘20, an executive of H4H believes that this event is valuable to our community.
“You experience what other people are going through and that in a way makes you more involved in it.”
The 40 Hour Famine required participants to raise at least RM100, but Tanya ‘20 says, “you’re not just raising money to build a house,” instead, “it’s more along the lines of ‘I’m raising money for these people that go through this everyday.’”
However, this event is not only about raising awareness and money, it is also about allowing people to understand what it’s like to not have money for food or adequate shelter.
Mr. Tremarco, the faculty supervisor of H4H says this event brings people together for one cause. Eri ‘19, another executive of H4H states, “by doing this, the toughness impacts people and we learn more about how the less fortunate feel.”
In fact, it’s not just the awareness, money raised and the experience that makes this event worthwhile; this event gives people a chance to bond. “It gives me a good experience with my friends where I’m able to make memories and raise money and awareness at the same time,” Rena ‘17 expresses.
Some students are participating in this event for the second time.
Eri ‘19 says, “I continue to participate in this event because I think it’s important for me to know the impact this has on our lives and how the money I collect from other people and the money I donate helps others in the world.”
“We’re making people aware that not everyone is as privileged as us,” Tanya ‘20 states.
“Although it might not be such a great impact to the world, we’re still making a big impact in our own community.”