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Famine supporters get chance to visit Mongolia

Top Wellington 40 Hour Famine supporters get chance to visit Mongolia

A student from Wellington could soon be on their way to Mongolia to learn how money they raised in the 40 Hour Famine will change lives.

World Vision has just announced the 21 senior scholarship school winners and 20 intermediate school scholarship winners for this year's 40 Hour Famine, a selection that will eventually see three senior students selected for Sanitarium Travelling Scholarships to Mongolia.

Reikorangi Christian College, Saint Orans College, Wellington College and Wellington Girls College were all in the top 21.

Each of the 21 schools has the opportunity to select a student to attend scholarship week in Wellington in July. Scholars are chosen for their leadership skills and commitment to the 40 Hour Famine and helping organise it in their schools.

The scholars will spend a week in Wellington learning what New Zealanders can do about poverty and developing their leadership skills. This will include meeting politicians such as Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Marian Hobbs, and visiting non-government organisations including Volunteer Services Abroad and the Council of International Development.

Three students will be chosen from those attending the senior scholarship week to travel to Mongolia on the Sanitarium-funded scholarship to get a first-hand look at the problems facing the developing world. They will visit 40 Hour Famine funded projects such as the Mongolia Street Children project, and a community care project for mentally disabled children.

World Vision CEO Helen Green says the scholarship programme began in 1983 and gives students the chance to visit World Vision projects overseas to learn how aid can help the poor.

"Hundreds of students have been on the scholarship programme, and they come away with a huge amount of enthusiasm for helping the poor. It also gives them a sense of pride to see how their school is making a real difference to people's lives."

This week World Vision also named the top 20 intermediate school scholarship winners for raising funds for the 40 Hour Famine.

The 20 schools will have the chance to send a pupil to intermediate scholars' week in Auckland sponsored by Just Juice. Intermediate scholars will also learn more about aid and development while enjoying outings, fun and games.

The 21 senior schools receiving scholarships are (in alphabetical order):

Bethlehem College Senior

Burnside High School

Christian Renewal School

Kingsway School Senior

Macleans College

Marlborough Girls College

Middleton Grange School Snr

Mt Roskill Grammar School

Paeroa College

Palmerston North Girls High

Reikorangi Christian College

Saint Kentigern College

St Orans College

Strathallan College

The Catlins Area School

Waikato Diocesan School

Wakatipu High School

Wellington College

Wellington Girls College

Westlake Boys High School

Westlake Girls High School

The 20 intermediate schools receiving scholarships are (in alphabetical order):

Bethlehem College (Jnr)

Bucklands Beach Intermediate

Elim Christian College

Farm Cove Intermediate

Glen Eden Intermediate

Hillview Christian School

Hutt Intermediate

Matamata Intermediate

Middleton Grange School Int

Northcross Intermediate

Remuera Intermediate School

Richmond View School

Saint Kentigern College

Samuel Marsden Collegiate School

Somerville Intermediate School

Southern Lakes Christian School

St Cuthberts College Jnr

St Georges Preparatory School

St Kentigern School

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