Chief executive of World Vision Australia Reverend Tim Costello (seated, right) joins Byron Bay High School deputy principal Ian Davies and students (from left, back) Joe Weiley, Anika Jensen, Elia Haughe and Stephanie Smith during a visit to the school last week.
Chief executive of World Vision Australia Reverend Tim Costello (seated, right) joins Byron Bay High School deputy principal Ian Davies and students (from left, back) Joe Weiley, Anika Jensen, Elia Haughe and Stephanie Smith during a visit to the school last week.

Costello visits school

More than 100 students from Byron Bay High School went hungry recently and it was all for a good cause.

The students participated in World Vision’s 40-hour famine, which last year raised $85.6 million to help fight world poverty.

To help celebrate their participation and to encourage more students to get involved with the cause, chief executive of World Vision Australia Reverend Tim Costello visited the school last Thursday.
Reverend Costello was invited to the school by Year 10 student Anika Jensen.

Anika has organised the 40-hour famine at the school for the past few years.

“We don’t know yet how much we raised, but it went really well,” Anika said.

Reverend Costello said that more and more young people were getting involved with the 40-hour famine.

“The issue of world poverty is a massive issue and a huge challenge,” he said. “We have to act globally, be part of a global village, act as a global citizen.”

Reverend Costello said young people were starting to get ‘out of their bubble’ and were getting involved in the bigger picture.

He said that 1.25 billion people worldwide lived in absolute poverty on less than $1 a day.

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