Hunger games for Wakatipu students

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Wakatipu High School students survived 40 hours in a cage in Queenstown CBD without food to raise funds for World Vision.

Year 13 pupils James Daly, 18, and Sophie Cooper, Phoebe Lynes, Caitlin Jack and Annabel Dickson, all 17, set up home at the top of The Mall over the weekend.

They raised about $1000 for World Vision irrigation projects in African countries Mali and Niger through the 40-hour famine fundraiser.

Daly says: “The irrigation project is about providing a sustainable food source in those countries.

“It’s not been too bad. We had quite a few drunks coming past and it started raining heavily on Saturday night but other than that it wasn’t too difficult.”

The group stayed from 8pm Friday to midday Sunday, before enjoying a well-earned brunch at a local café.

The 40-hour famine weekend raised more than $350,000 nationally.