Sunday, 22 January 2012

14/10/2007 3:34:34 PM


Famine 30 Camp..

14/10/2007 3:34:34 PM
饥饿30十周年主题曲 - 明天孩有希望
10th Anniversary 30-Hour Famine Theme Song – Tomorrow

小小的眼光
失去了光芒
即使小小的手掌
也有权飞翔

大大的梦想
失去了力量
哪儿有大大的肩膀
温暖他心房

明天孩子们会有希望
会长出耀眼的翅膀
朝着那温暖的风和光
轻轻地飞扬

The world we live in
Can do with giving
A child today
Is a child of our tomorrow

I’ve seen the children
Who have been broken
By wars and hunger and natural disaster
So broken

When tomorrow comes
We must have hope
We must reach out
To every single child

When tomorrow comes
We spread our love
And make it a better day

生活会有悲和喜
We’ve gotta pray and do our best
只要伸出我们的手
To bring you a better tomorrow

明天孩子们会有希望
会长出耀眼的翅膀
When tomorrow comes
We spread our love
And make it a better day
让你我都飞扬

明天孩子们会有希望
会长出耀眼的翅膀

When tomorrow comes
We spread our love
And make it a better day

             On 15th and 16th September, I joined famine 30 at Stadium Putra, Bukit Jalil. My friend once asked me : Why do you want to join this camp? He said I can just donate or help to collect money for the fund without joining the camp. He asked me don’t trouble myself to suffer for 30 hours without eating. Actually to join this camp, there are two ways, either you collect up to RM100 for the fund and as the registration fee or you donate RM100 for the fund and as the registration fee. So you guess, which one I chose? I donated RM100... I am not the type who can ask other people to donate money for my purpose to go for a camp. I prefer to use my own money to donate. In my mind, if I ask other people to donate money for that purpose, it seems like I am begging someone to donate money for me. Don’t know why, I have that point of view although it is not. When my friend knew that, he said “What? You paid RM100 to go for a famine camp, without eating for 30 hours?” I smiled without giving any answer. I just felt I definitely will go for it. When I planned to join, I didn’t tell my family at first. After I have paid and given the RM100 and confirmed going to the camp, I told my mum about that. She was not too shocked, but she sounded a bit serious. “Are you really going to the camp?” “Some of them vomited and suffered from regain the appetite to eat after the camp.” That’s what she told me. But I actually decided to go and I would never want to change my thought. I didn’t feel scared, didn’t feel nervous or instead of anything.

              So why I chose to join the camp? Simple. The first reason is I want to have a new try. I never join a camp like that so I thought it is quite good for me to have such a new experience. I am not sure whether I am free to join this camp again next year, so I made up my mind to join. Two days before I went, one of my friend said, “Huh…You really want to go ar?” I smiled and said em.. In order to suit myself to hunger, I lessen my meal so that I can really hungry for 30 hours without any unwanted things to happen.

             The day before I went, I was a bit excited, I slept at eleven something and woke up at three or four something to do my things and finish what I should do. After done everything, I went out at five something in the morning and waited for a van which will ferry us to the destination. We went in a group. I just ate a biscuit that morning. So when reached there, we waited for the registration and I was placed in group 4. The famine camp started at 12pm and before that I ate another biscuit and a few spoons of fried rice, actually I felt very hungry but I couldn’t find anything to eat there. The fried rice was given to my group leader only but she was so kind that she shared it with a few of us, so I ate a few spoons of it.

             Then…the hunger began… We were given a briefing about the camp and there was an ice-breaker. My group had to squeeze in a small box area drawn down the stage and every one of us have to squat or sit on the floor. My group consists of 18 persons include our group leader if I am not mistaken, half of my group are International School students, they are younger than us but they are all from different countries. We had a few activities in the camp. Through the activities, I can understand and imagine how’s life for the children in other countries who suffer from hunger and poverty. I still can remember the “house” we build with newspaper and bottle, which was so unstable to stay in. So the same goes to the children who suffer from wars and disasters, they do not have a proper place to stay. And the rope I put into my shirt and went through my sleeves and tied with the rope of the person beside me, at that moment, I felt it is so annoying and irritating to do that. But.. the lesson behind is the children out there do not have clean water to drink and they suffer from the disease which worms grow inside their body. Yea, I know how lucky I am.. and I always know that.. So I appreciate everything I have and I always appreciate.. I really feel so grateful to be alive in this moment, in this country, in this house.

             We had a talk and time for break after that and just listen to songs and then at night, there was a concert. I sat together with my friend, Sze May and both of us only had a few conversations.. You know why? We were too tired to talk.. Instead if in school, we can talk non-stop about anything but at that moment, there was no point to do that.. We were really exhausted.. I was really really very tired as I was having a slightly headache.. Perhaps the night before I didn’t sleep well and woke up too early in the morning, and I think it was also because I didn’t have a proper breakfast that day. For the first time, I sat on the chair, watching the concert, I didn’t shout or even a bit high.. I sang along with the songs but suddenly I could feel that my hand didn’t even have any energy to hold a pen.. That was what I felt.. Having headache was really a problem for me, I hate headache. I saw my mother sms, she asked me whether I was alright, I replied I was ok but having a headache.. After that, I couldn’t withstand anymore as I was too tired and I fell asleep.. The next moment when I was conscious, I heard Fish Leong was singing.. I woke up but still… really felt tired.. Immediately after the concert, May and I went to find a place to sleep, we agreed to sleep beside the stadium’s inner door, and after settled down our bag, I straight away went to sleep without even felt want to brush my teeth. So both of us slept and the next morning, we woke up at 5 sth.. We packed and took our things and sat on the stadium’s chair, only then we started our conversations..

             That morning we had a light exercise, after that we had a group activity, which require us to write what we want to eat for the weekend.. We were really excited when talking about food and started planning to have good food.. After finished doing that, we got an envelope and got pictures inside.. We need to take our the pictures and paste it on the paper what we wrote for our meals.. and you know what were the pictures? Some were blank and some were left food or raw food like leaves.. It let us know that the poor children are having the food like that and most of the time, they do not have food to eat, so that why got blank paper.. At that moment, I felt regret for wasting any food in the past.. After the activity, we had a show and a mini concert, so we enjoyed the moment. Then there was a video clip and talk to let us understand the real situation in the poor countries. We cleaned up the place after that and share our experiences with each other in the group. Then there was half an hour to go to end the famine camp.. I didn’t know what was my feeling that time, I was not sure whether I was full or too hungry.. I couldn’t describe it use words.. What kind of feeling you think you’ll have after hungry for 29 hours? We were given a bottle if milk, a packet of beverage and a mini banana cake.. We counted down for the last ten second and we broke our fast.. I was really too happy that time and I sms my mum and told her that I survive! Haha… such a stupid message.. but I did that..

             Through the camp, I really learnt a lot.. It really gave me an unforgettable memory. I would never regret that I have joined the famine camp. I was really hungry and exhausted, but inside my heart.. I still feel the need from others towards me, I want to help them.. That’s my wishes.. We should know that we are really lucky to have food, to have what we want to eat. There are many people outsides there don’t have food to eat, don’t have clean water to drink, don’t have the chance to gain knowledge, don’t have a shelter.. So.. Please appreciate everything you have.. May God bless you! May you be free from physical and mental sufferings!

*You know what I had for my dinner that day after the famine camp? A packet of Twistie and a bread…  sweat.. =.=” haha… but I enjoyed eating them.. Thanks Cai Qi and Wei Xin for giving me that..^^

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