Pupil raises $2000 in famine fundraiser

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Doing his bit . . . Elmgrove School pupil Flynn Lietze (9) with his trusty Famine Book containing the many pledges for donations he has collected. PHOTO: ELLA STOKES

A Mosgiel boy has doubled his goal of raising $1000 for the 40 Hour Famine appeal, raising $2000 in just over a month.

This weekend people throughout the country will be going without to help raise funds for the children of South Sudan as part of World Vision’s 40 Hour Famine appeal.

Elmgrove School pupil Flynn Lietze said he decided to take part in the fundraiser when his teacher mentioned it in class.

“I just wanted to do it so I could help people who don’t have what we have.”

His mother Robyn Lietze said she was keen for him to give it a go but thought he would struggle to make $1000.

But Flynn has been hard at work making lots of phone calls and asking around for donations.

He said he “had to build up confidence very fast” to ask people he did not know for money.

He will go without food from Friday evening to Saturday evening. Because Flynn is 9 he can only do a 20-hour stint.

Flynn said he thought he would handle going without food pretty well.

when we’re at the market on Saturday as Mum’s stall is next to someone who sells pies, which smell really good.”

Mrs Lietze said she was proud of the big effort Flynn had made to help others and he had “blown expectations out of the water”.

Elmgrove School 40 Hour Famine organiser Grant Peacock said the school had around 50 children taking part.

He said it was the year 4-6 children who took part and the school never struggled to get them involved.

“One of our school values is caring. It’s great to see that children have a genuine concern for other people and do something about it.”

Mr Peacock said most years the school raised around $2500 but he thought it would well exceed that this year.