NEWSTEAD Medical staff will steer clear of food for almost two days in the hope of raising more than $1000 for World Vision.
About 10 receptionists, nurses and doctors will take part in the 40 Hour Famine from 8pm today until midday on Thursday.
Co-organiser Emma Morling said the group had already raised $525 in less than a week.
``We always try to actively participate in a charity or fund-raising event every year,'' she said.
``Graham Poole, who used to work here, started a hospital, His House of Hope, in South Sudan, so we thought it would be a good idea to support people in those less fortunate situations.''
Participants are allowed to drink tea, water or fruit juice and eat sweets such as barley sugar, occasionally.
The event raises awareness and funds for the fight against global hunger.
This year's focus is Malawi, in southern Africa, where about 1.9 million people have been affected by drought, failing crops and rising food prices.
To donate visit www.worldvision.com.au/40hourfamine, search Newstead Medical and follow the prompts.