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40 Hour Famine students get chance of lifetime

Top Wellington 40 Hour Famine students get chance of a lifetime

World Vision has just announced 21 senior scholarship school winners and 21 intermediate school scholarship winners for this year's 40 Hour Famine.

This selection will eventually see three senior students given the chance of a lifetime by winning a Sanitarium-funded travelling scholarship to Vanuatu in the September school holidays to learn how money they raised in the 40 Hour Famine will change lives.

Samuel Marsden Collegiate School (Karori), Samuel Marsden Collegiate (Porirua), Tawa College and Wellington College were all in the 21 selected schools.

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

The selected scholars will spend a week in Wellington learning what New Zealanders can do about poverty and developing their own leadership skills. Chaperoning the scholars is former-Commissioner of Children, Roger McClay, who will accompany their tour through parliament, meetings with government officials, and visits to government and non-government organisations that work in international development.

Three students will be chosen from those attending the senior scholarship week to travel to Vanuatu on a Sanitarium-funded travelling scholarship to see development, in action, in the Pacific.

They will visit World Vision 40 Hour Famine-funded projects such as the Tafea community development project that focuses on healthcare, water and sanitation, and the traditional food and education project for children.

World Vision Marketing Director Bruce Waldin says the Sanitarium scholarship programme gives young Kiwis the chance to visit World Vision projects overseas to learn how aid can help the poor.

"This is an opportunity for New Zealand secondary students to see, first hand, the difference their schools' fundraising makes in people's lives. Students come away with a huge amount of enthusiasm for helping the poor and a great sense of pride in what their hard work has achieved."

The Sanitarium scholarship programme started in 1983.

This week World Vision also named the 21 intermediate school scholarship winners for raising funds for the 40 Hour Famine.

The 21 schools will have the chance to send a pupil to the Just Juice intermediate scholars' week in Auckland in the July school holidays. Intermediate scholars will also learn more about aid and development while enjoying outings, fun and games.

The 21 Sanitarium senior school scholarship winners are (in alphabetical order):
Bethlehem College Senior
Burnside High School
Elim Christian College Senior
Kingsway School Senior
Macleans College
Marlborough Boys' College
Middleton Grange School Senior
New Plymouth Girls High School
Palmerston North Girls' High School
Pukekohe High School
Reikorangi Christian College
Saint Kentigern College
*Samuel Marsden Collegiate School (Karori, Wellington)
*Samuel Marsden Collegiate (Whitby, Porirua)
*Tawa College
The Catlins Area School
Totara College
Waikato Diocesan School
Wanganui High School
*Wellington College
Westlake Boys High School

The 21 Just Juice Intermediate school scholarship winners are (in alphabetical order):
Bucklands Beach Intermediate
Chilton St James School
Christian Renewal School
Elim Christian College Junior
Farm Cove Intermediate
Glen Eden Intermediate
Hebron Christian College
Hillview Christian School
Hutt Intermediate School
Kingsway School Junior
Matamata Intermediate
Murrays Bay Intermediate
Palmerston North Intermediate
Richmond View School
Saint Kentigern College Junior
Saint Kentigern School
Southwell School
Spreydon Baptist youth group
Springbank Junior School
Te Kura O Waikare
Wakatipu High School

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