Darling Downs Christian College year nine students (from left) Hannah Wolverton, Sharna Zonter and Deanna Murphy (sitting on table) eat rice to support the Project Safe Haven charity.
Darling Downs Christian College year nine students (from left) Hannah Wolverton, Sharna Zonter and Deanna Murphy (sitting on table) eat rice to support the Project Safe Haven charity. Nev Madsen

Students starve off hunger pains to raise funds for charity

DARLING Downs Christian School year five student Lizzy Stanfield is starting to get used to hunger pains.

The young activist is getting ready to participate in her third 40-hour Famine to raise funds for underprivileged people in the world.

She also participated in a "fasting" fundraiser at the school for Project Safe Haven yesterday.

The charity works to rescue and support trafficked young girls in Nepal.

The students were challenge to either fast or eat just rice and water for 24 hours.

"It helps kids who live in extreme poverty who can't get help," Lizzy said.

The Glenvale school has been supporting Project Safe Haven since earlier in the year.

Year nine students Hannah Wolverton and Sharna Zonter first started raising funds on their own initiative after hearing a presentation from the charity's founder, Rajendra Gautam.

"We wanted to help children and women get out of the sex trafficking in Nepal," Hannah said.

So far the pair has raised $750 for the charity and hoped to collect a further $3000.

"In many villages there are virtually no girls in the age range of our secondary students because they have all been trafficked over the border into India as sex slaves," school chaplain Kate Wolverton said.

"As a school community, we are choosing to do something about this statistic."

The Project Safe Haven founder also visited the school yesterday to present a talk about the charity's work.

 

Project Safe Haven

  •  Dr Guatam has chosen to dedicate his life to rescuing and supporting young Nepali women after his life was so positively impacted by Asian Aid - the organisation behind Project Safe Haven.
  •  A group working to rescue and support trafficked girls in Nepal.
  •  The project was founder by Doctor Rajendra Gautam, himself a Nepali orphan.
  •  For more information visit http://www.asianaid.org.au


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