Ok, so the 40 hour famine was over 2 weeks ago, but I thought I should really write this up. Never late then never as they say.
When I decided to participate in the 40 hour famine I only expected to raise a few dollars towards it, I never thought I would raise the amount that I did. I was thinking about how good the cause was, and how it would be good to have that personal satisfaction in knowing I had helped in something so beneficial.
It started at 8pm Friday 17th August, and I was a little worried I wouldnt get to eat something before the start because I ran late at work. Quickly eating my dinner and some cheesecake (my last supper) it started the countdown. I had everything ready a few days before: Bottles of water, Barley sugars, a journal to write my thoughts in and a positive attitude. I knew I could do it and I was determined to see it through. At 8pm on the friday I had raised $300 and I was absolutely stoked, a great motivator to achieve the goal= no food or coffee for 40 hours.
The hardest part about the whole experience was that on the saturday afternoon, after lasting for so long without food or coffee my body decided it too much on it and I got a massive headache that made me feel so sick for most of saturday afternoon/ night. Sleep was so difficult, sleeping on an empty stomach is definitely a hard thing!
For most of the time I spent knitting, and trying to distract myself from thinking about food. The biggest challenge of Saturday was my family sitting for dinner in the same room as me while I just had to try not to smell the delicious roast dinner…
The saturday went quite fast, and it wasn’t until that night did I really feel it. my stomach kept grumbling and I was desperately wanting to just open the fridge and pig out. But I powered on through and it was sunday Morning before I knew it (also my daughters 2nd birthday!)
Most of Sunday morning was taken up by the preperations of the day, and I was counting down the minutes even to when I could get that first bite of food. It was definitely a challenge with all the party food!!
I had the best feeling on the sunday morning as I checked my donations. It was getting bigger and bigger, and I just stood in disbelief. I was almost crying as I realised my boss had put in a donation, and a few of my friends had too. My nan and pop even put in money and I was just astonished at the amount. I hit the $400 mark on the sunday and I just was shocked!
My first bite of food was a lolly 5 minutes after the time was up at 12pm noon on sunday 19th August! 40 hours achieved!!!
My sister took this as 12 noon hit
I was so proud of myself for achieving my goal, and I did not once cheat. I have great support of friends and family, and everyone who donated made the achievement even more rewarding!
I have now raised $435.00 for World Vision, and donations are still able to be put in by 30th September.
If you would like to check out my achievements or to even donate the link is below and all you have to do is click the donate button and put in your details, its real easy
I will be handing a thankyou note to every person who helped me make the wonderful experience all that more motivating, and rewarding.
Cannot wait for next 40 hour famine!! such a great cause.
if you want to check out more of World Visions work head to their website, http://www.worldvision.com.au/Home.aspx theyre a great organisation, and I would highly recommend you have a look