Christian relief and development charity World Vision have announced that they have smashed through their 2004 fundraising target of £500,000, with their 24-hour famine initiative .
This yearís campaign was supported by a number of celebrities including EastEnders actress Charlie Brooks, who lent her support to the countryís biggest youth fundraising event, where teenagers are sponsored to go without food for 24-hours.
This year thousands of young people across the UK helped raise money for people in desperate need of clean, safe water.
Charlie traveled with World Vision to Senegal to help publicise the 24-hour Famine. She visited rural communities to see World Visionís work in-person so she could help World Vision encourage young people in the UK to take part in the event and make a life-changing difference to those who have no access to clean, safe water, in some of the worldís poorest countries.
Charlie said: ìI really enjoyed helping World Vision highlight the 2004 24-hour Famine and Iím delighted that thousands of young people from the all over the UK got involved to help us achieve this yearís target of half a million pounds.î
Next yearís 24-hour Famine will encourage UK teenagers to give up food for a day during the weekend of 18 - 20 February 2005 and raise money to help children orphaned or affected by HIV / AIDS. Next yearís 24-hour Famine aims to raise over £900,000 as part of the charities aim to dramatically change the lives of millions of people living in poverty worldwide.