A hunger to help

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch -

IMAG­INE living on just a small amount of rice, flour, salt, fish, split peas and oil for a week.

It is a chal­lenge Kiri Adams, of Ned­lands, and Re­becca DeSilva have ap­proached head on, as they look to get a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of what life is like as a Burmese refugee.

Un­til June 20, the pair will live off noth­ing but small amounts of sta­ple food as part of Act for Peace’s Ra­tion Chal­lenge, look­ing to raise money to give those who have to live off th­ese small por­tions more to eat through on­line dona­tions and a stall at the Refugee Wel­come Fi­esta and Walk in Fre­man­tle.

Ms DeSilva said the food they were given was based on the same quan­ti­ties and in­gre­di­ents as those pro­vided to Burmese refugees un­der the ‘most vul­ner­a­ble’ clas­si­fi­ca­tion living in refugee camps on the Thai-Burma bor­der.

“I think I’ve only just re­alised how much I am not al­lowed to eat dur­ing the chal­lenge, like no cof­fee or tea, no ba­con, not even ba­sic sta­ples most peo­ple would have in their fridge like milk, yo­ghurt, eggs or even fruit,” she said. “The chal­lenge in no way com­pares to the daily chal­lenges refugees living in refugee camps have to face, but it will def­i­nitely be an eye opener for me.

“We’re hop­ing to raise at least $1500, which is enough to feed six Burmese refugees living in refugee camps for an en­tire year.”

Visit www.ra­tionchal­lenge.ev­ery­day­hero.co m/au/pas­sion4ra­tions to do­nate.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d438982

Kiri Adams and Re­becca DeSilva will live on ra­tions for one week to help refugees.

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