Young club members embrace World Vision

LEADING THE WAY: Interact Club members Kobain King, Kristy Wild, Chloe Olsen and Emanuela and Diana Cojocea joined other students to discuss the 'famine'.

LEADING THE WAY: Interact Club members Kobain King, Kristy Wild, Chloe Olsen and Emanuela and Diana Cojocea joined other students to discuss the 'famine'.

Members of a junior service club are interested in pursuing the ideals of the World Vision anti-poverty campaign.

The Interact Club, based at John Pirie Secondary School, was formed under the guidance of teachers and the Rotary Club of Port Pirie.

Rotarians encourage the students, numbering about 10, to pursue community projects.

Last year, the Interactors took part in World Vision’s 40-Hour Famine to raise money for the community and this year seem likely take part once again.

World Vision fundraising team leader Emma Dwyer told five Interactors and other students about the ideals of her organisation and how to use a backpack to keep essentials for the “famine”.

“They live out of their backpack for 40 hours and have a ‘window’ into what it would be like to be a refugee who has fled their home,” she said.

“The backpack should contain all you need to survive – things such as rice and warm clothes.

“They can camp in the backyard and remove themselves from comforts such as sleeping on the floor instead of in their bed.”

The event will take place at various locations from Friday to noon on Sunday with money being raised through sponsorship.

Challenging the students, Ms Dwyer said: “How are you going to stay motivated for that 40-hour ‘famine’? Are you going to give up food or furniture? What are you going to do?”

She said thousands of teenagers would be involved around the state to live as if they were refugees in a settlement.

“The money raised goes toward helping refugees and displaced people and providing clean water and sanitation for refugee settlements as well as setting up child-safe places in which they have an environment in which to play and have psycho-social support,” she said.

“The Interact Club will be putting into place what they have learned when they go out to talk to people about this potential solution. They will be playing their role.” Teacher Chris Flavel, who is involved with the club, said the Interactors were raising awareness for an international project.

“It is an issue in the Third World that a lot of people are trying to help overcome,” he said.

He said about 20 students had taken part in the “famine” last year to raise about $1500 which was also the target this year.

Interact is aimed at students aged from 14 to 18 years old. Club members are attending their meetings under the guidance of Mr Flavel and colleague Nyasha Tulloch. Photo: Not in order, Kobain King, Kristy Wild, Rachel Leecroft, Alannah Carman, Chloe Olsen, Emanuela and Diana Cojocea, Brittney Munro-Schneider, teachers Nyasha Tulloch and Chris Flavel and World Vision’s Emma Dwyer.

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