Challenge raises money for refugees
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.rationchallenge.org. au/jesse-fleay
Jesse Fleay is replicating what Syrian refugees eat in camps.