Students to embark on 40 hour backpack challenge to help refugees

FOR REFUGEES: Orange Christian School Backpack Challenge participants Caitlyn Parkinson, Charlie Hodges, Lucy Grant, Kirsten Barnes, Suzie Daugherty, Brad Coleman, Elise Reilly, Natalia Taberner, Jess Grant. Photo: JUDE KEOGH
FOR REFUGEES: Orange Christian School Backpack Challenge participants Caitlyn Parkinson, Charlie Hodges, Lucy Grant, Kirsten Barnes, Suzie Daugherty, Brad Coleman, Elise Reilly, Natalia Taberner, Jess Grant. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

Students at Orange Christian school are joining in a new challenge as part of the 40 hour famine from August 11 to 13. 

The school has supported the World Vision 40 hour famine for more than a decade and this year about 60 students will take part in the new Backpack Challenge.

The challenge was set up in response to the refugee crisis, in which 65 million people are currently displaced due to conflict with more than half of them children.

During the challenge the students will only use what they can carry in a backpack and there are limits on the size of bag, as well as items such as food, clothing and entertainment items.

Participants are also encouraged to limit furniture and electricity use.

Donations will go towards supporting refugees in Syria, South Sudan and neighbouring countries.

Principal Melissa Brown said she was delighted so many students were eager to take part.

“As a school, we decided to be involved in this new type of challenge as it encourages students to reflect on the current events in the world, as well as giveing them an avenue to be agents of change in a practical manner,” Mrs Brown said.

Year 11 student Elise Reilly wants to encourage other students to get involved in the Backpack Challenge.