Chal­lenge raises money for refugees

The Advocate (Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

BRAB­HAM res­i­dent Jesse Fleay will take part in the Ration Chal­lenge this month, which aims to raise aware­ness of the plight of Syr­ian refugees.

The Ration Chal­lenge through the or­gan­i­sa­tion Act for Peace raises money for refugees and gets par­tic­i­pants to live off ra­tions which repli­cate what one Syr­ian refugee will eat in one week in a refugee camp.

The pack in­cludes a small por­tion of chick­peas, lentils, veg­etable oil, rice, a can of kid­ney beans and one can of sar­dines, as well as a coupon for flour and more rice.

The premise is that par­tic­i­pants of the chal­lenge will eat only this for seven days, with the pos­si­bil­ity of win­ning ex­tra ingredients when they hit fundrais­ing tar­gets.

Mr Fleay said he de­cided to take on the chal­lenge to show refugees that he was with them and not against them, and to help pro­vide food, medicine and ed­u­ca­tion for refugees through his fundrais­ing.

He said the chal­lenge was not just about rais­ing money but also a change in at­ti­tude and help­ing to open peo­ple’s eyes about what refugees were go­ing through.

“I’ve al­ways been a strong ad­vo­cate for nat­u­ral­is­ing refugees,” he said.

“I don’t see the point in refugee or con­cen­tra­tion camps. If it was me and there was a civil war here, I would hope that a coun­try would give me some­where to live and have a fresh start.”

The money raised in the Ration Chal­lenge sup­ports peo­ple flee­ing vi­o­lence and con­flict in Syria. It helps pro­vide ur­gently-needed food ra­tions, house­hold items, med­i­cal care and psy­cho-so­cial sup­port.

Mr Fleay has raised more than $1000 so far to­wards the cause and hopes to raise more.

He said the ration chal­lenge repli­cated what Syr­ian refugees were eat­ing in the camps, which was be­low global stan­dards for nu­tri­tion.

To sup­port Jesse in his Ration Chal­lenge, visit https://my.ra­tionchal­ au/jesse-fleay


Jesse Fleay is repli­cat­ing what Syr­ian refugees eat in camps.

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