Camp raises funds for refugees

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A “refugee camp” sprang up in Oamaru last week.
As part of its fundraising efforts for the 40 Hour Famine appeal, Legacy Youth, Papakaio’s community youth group, set up camp on the lawn outside the Waitaki District Council offices on lower Thames St last Friday.
Legacy Youth leader Eugen Dupu said about 20 young people stayed at the fenced-off camp throughout the day. They were only allowed to live off what they could fit into their backpacks.
No digital devices were allowed in the camp, which was set up to raise funds for refugee children in war-torn Syria.
To pass the time, card games and other activities were played.
Mr Dupu said the 40 Hour Famine was the ideal way to raise funds for the cause.
“The 40 Hour Famine is a great initiative that challenges young people to take time to do something out of their comfort zone that benefits someone else.
“There are plenty of great causes out there to get involved with and we have chosen the 40 Hour Famine because it focuses in particular on children, which are often the most vulnerable. It allows young people to help young people.”He thanked the council, Southroads and Papakaio School for their support.
Legacy Youth meets fortnightly in the Papakaio Community Hall.