New Zealanders take on the challenges for this weekend’s World Vision 40 Hour Challenge

This year’s World Vision 40 Hour Challenge kicks off on Friday with rangatahi preparing to take on a series of challenges to raise money for World Vision to help combat the impact of climate change in the Asia-Pacific region.

For forty hours, from 8pm on Friday evening to 12pm on Sunday, tens of thousands of young people across the country will do their part to make a positive difference for the children most affected by climate change.

Many will take on climate-focused challenges such as planting 40 trees in 40 hours, 40 hours in nature, or a 40-hour, 4km beach clean-up.

Meanwhile, the World Vision 40 Hour Challenge ambassadors are taking on their own challenges. Content creators Win Wolf, Judah Metu-Teaukura and Liv Martin performed 40 acts of kindness, while actor Kimberley Crossman performed 40 hours of good deeds.

Kim Crossman’s recycled garment is auctioned on Trade Me (photo/supplied)

Clothing upcycled by some of the ambassadors of this year’s World Vision 40 Hour Challenge; Win Wolf, Liv Martin, Kimberley Crossman, climate activist Brianna Fruean and singer-songwriter Paige Tapara in a 40-minute challenge will be auctioned on Trade Me. All proceeds go to the World Vision 40 Hour Challenge. The auction closes on Sunday, June 23 at 5:00 PM.

Former World Vision ambassador Caleb Clarke has his own challenge as the Blues and Chiefs face off in the Super Rugby final at Eden Park on Saturday evening. Eden Park will light up orange for the World Vision 40 Hour Challenge on Sunday evening, and the Sky Tower will be orange this weekend and integrate blue lighting for the Blues match on Saturday. They include more than 20 landmarks around Aotearoa that will glow orange over the weekend.

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Rugby player Caleb Clarke says; “The World Vision 40 Hour Challenge is very special because it gets New Zealanders on board to help other people in need around the world. I think the coolest thing is to give back to people who are less fortunate than you.”

World Vision National Director Grant Bayldon will plant 400 trees in 40 hours on Awhitu Peninsula, while World Vision Youth Ambassador Paige Catlin-Maybury invites people to bring their dogs to learn 40 tricks at Auckland’s Narrowneck Beach from noon to 4pm.

In Christchurch, students from Middleton Grange School will provide a 40-hour radio broadcast and A Rocha Aotearoa NZ will host a Conservation Day for youth groups at Spencer Park on Saturday from 12.30pm – 2.30pm.

Life FM DJs will road trip across both the South and North Islands in electric vehicles, visiting 40 cities along the way. The program starts today.

A group of 18 young adults will write 400 postcards to Prime Minister Christopher Luxon, addressing issues important to them as young people of Aotearoa.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the World Vision 40 Hour Challenge and the campaign’s focus is on working with communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis to help forests recover – fast.

World Vision 40 Hour Challenge ambassador, TikTok content creator Win Wolf, traveled to Timor-Leste in December to see the greening approach World Vision is using in partnership with communities in Asia and the Pacific.

He says the technique, known as Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR), will be a total game changer for the children of East Timor, who have lost 90 percent of their original forests. Win says he found hope in the work World Vision is doing to help green communities in Timor-Leste.

“The greening technique is so simple and involves tapping into existing root networks to regrow trees. It is much faster and more effective than planting new trees!”

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