JUST rice and water was on the menu at Riverside Primary School this week as 75 pupils had a slight taste of what the world’s poorest people experience every day.
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About 300,000 Australians will take part in World Vision’s annual 40 Hour Famine this weekend, which this year is centred around raising funds for Ethiopia.

Seventy per cent of the African country’s population live in severe poverty and Riverside Primary chaplin Libby Bailey said the school’s aim was on creating awareness among the pupils, rather than making fund-raising the main focus.

“Because the kids are a bit little to go without food altogether, the kids came up with three ideas to famine throughout the week,” Mrs Bailey said.

“One of them was that we replaced our meals with boiled rice and plain water between 9am and 3pm each school day throughout the week, but they could eat their meals at home.

“Another lot started a furniture famine today and will go on to tomorrow (today) where they go without furniture by sleeping on the floor at home and sitting on the floor at school.

“While others went without technology for 40 hours.”

Riverside Primary pupils Jesse Price, 8, Chelsea Wing, 8, Skyra Preist, 12, and Monique Schouten, 10, watch Elijah Basalto, 9, tuck into some rice. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

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