Press Release

Patrick Nip Calls on All Participants to Walk Hungry for Refugees in this year’s 30-Hour Famine

The 30-Hour Famine, organised by World Vision Hong Kong, kicked off today (6 April) at the Aberdeen Sports Ground. The theme of this year’s event was “Walk Hungry, For Refugees”. Participants, who took the challenge by beginning their fast at 1pm yesterday (5 April), started to walk a 6 km route after starving for over 20 hours. Mr. Patrick Nip Tak-kuen, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, along with other guests and Famine Ambassadors, Charmaine Fong, Ng Yip Kwan, Commercial Radio hosts Amber Au and Chung Suet officiated the opening of 30-Hour Famine.

Today, about 490 million people in the world are still suffering from hunger as a result of different conflicts. Until this day, because of these conflicts, children from Syria, South Sudan and Rakhine State, Myanmar are especially affected and suffered from shortage of food. The event raises funds to provide food, nutrition and livelihood assistance to children and families affected by conflict in these areas.

Mr. Kevin Chiu, CEO of World Vision Hong Kong, who visited refugees in Jordan earlier, urged the general public to act now to support refugee children and families.

In his opening speech, Guest of Honour, Mr. Patrick Nip Tak-kuen, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, called for participants to remember there are still many who are suffering in different parts of the world and in need of help and care. He also hoped that participants would show more empathy and be more sensitive to others’ needs, as all forms of help, including donations, care and prayers of blessings, can all warm the hearts of the needy afar.

Ms. Enian Tsang, Board Member of World Vision Hong Kong, asked the participants to remember their feelings and experiences, and share them with families and friends through different medium and raise the awareness towards the plight of refugees in Syria, South Sudan and Rakhine State, Myanmar.

Despite not being able to attend the event, the general public can still donate online to support 30-Hour Famine (please visit 30.worldvision.org.hk or call World Vision hotline 2394 2394 for details).

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