Next week, June 17-24, I’m going to be hungry and grumpy. How do I know already? Because I will be trying to survive on official refugee rations for that one week.
Right now, there are more than 65.5 million refugees and displaced persons around the world, according to the UN Refugee Agency. This means elderly people who’ve lost their lifelong homes, sick or injured people with no access to medical care, loving families crammed into thin tents in cold winters, and of course children with no option to go to school.
I live a wonderfully privileged life here in Australia, with fresh water in my kitchen, organic produce at the Farmers Markets every week, and sleeping safely in my bed each night.
But if I’d been born in Syria, I would have a different story. Right now, I could be living in a tent with my son, with minimal prospects for employment or education, and trying to feed ourselves with only the official weekly refugee rations:
- 420g white rice
- 170g lentils
- 85g dried chick peas
- A tin of sardines or 125g block of tofu
- 1 tin of red kidney beans
- 300ml vegetable oil
- 400g plain flour
- Another 1.5kg of white rice if needed
That’s no salt. No vegetables. No tea, coffee, sugar, milk, garlic, black pepper, spices or flavourings of any kind. No fruit or sweet treats. No alcohol, and certainly no avocados (my addiction).
Please sponsor me to complete this daunting challenge, and help me raise funds for refugee resources via organisation Act for Peace, which has been running this campaign for 4 years, inspiring more than 25,000 people, and raising more than $6 million for refugees and vulnerable communities around the world.
Even a $10 donation will make a huge difference.
For $64, we can feed a refugee family for a week.
For $144, a single child can access education and counselling in a refugee camp for 2 months.
If you’re feeling really generous, $512 can provide emergency food rations (just like mine) for 2 Syrian refugees for a whole year.
Now bone&silver has officially got 875 Followers; if only half of you donated $10, we’d raise over $4,300…
It’s super easy to do: just CLICK THIS LINK to my team fundraising page!
In gratitude for your support, encouragement, and cold hard cash, G xO