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