HANNAH Burton normally looks forward to her favourite food – cannelloni with bolognaise sauce – every Friday night.
But this weekend it will become a Sunday night treat instead as Ms Burton takes part in her third World Vision 40 Hour Famine.
“As much as we don’t understand how lucky we are, we can eat as much food as we like,” she said on Wednesday.
“In Third World countries, children are starving and they just get a bowl of rice every day, if they’re lucky.
“Forty hours isn’t that long but I still want to try and raise as much money as I can. Forty dollars can feed a family of six for a month.”
Ms Burton, 18, first became involved in the event when she was at Ballarat Grammar, becoming the school’s 40 Hour Famine co-captain in 2012.
However, she said people didn’t necessarily need to give up food, with technology, talking and even furniture also options.
Ms Burton works in hospitality and will have to help cater for a wedding on Saturday night but said it would be worthwhile if she could top her previous highest tally of $800.
While she has already had a six-week stint in Europe, Ms Burton hopes to one day visit a developing nation.
“I’d like to go over with the Red Cross or someone like that and help out.”
Every year, malnutrition and hunger-related diseases cause 60 per cent of deaths in children under five in developing countries.
This year’s 40 Hour Famine theme is “Give up to bring hunger down”.
If anyone would like to donate to help Hannah, visit https://40hf2014.everydayhero.com/au/hannah-344
Hannah Burt, 18, will take part in the World Vision 40 Hour Famine from Friday through to Sunday. PICTURE: DYLAN BURNS