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My ‘Refugee rations’ box has arrived, & I’m a bit scared

Support my refugee cause by donating

Please donate to the refugee cause #rationchallenge #actforpeace #refugeerations #firstworldproblems

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).

Support my refugee cause by donating

Please donate to the refugee cause #rationchallenge #actforpeace #refugeerations #firstworldproblems

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 xOΒ 



  1. gigglingfattie says

    Best of luck on this my friend! I would not be able to do it, but you are a much stronger person than I am! Sending positive vibes to you on your week’s journey to help raise awareness for such an amazing cause! xoxo

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  2. I just donated to Refugee Legal and I’m on a tight budget, so I’m sorry I cannot help this time around. Very best of luck with the challenge! I will share your post to Facebook.

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  3. Such an eye-opening and humbling challenge. Wishing all the very best and hope you raise lots of much needed money. Can I ask a potentially dumb question? The amounts quoted above and on donation page, is that US or Australian Dollars? Forgive me for living under a rock πŸ˜‰

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    • Thanks Lockwood- good question- Australian dollars. It makes no difference when you donate though- have had money in from UK and USA- you can nominate the amount that suits you- even $10 will make a difference… Thanks for asking πŸ™‚

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  4. What an inspiring post to stand together and make a difference. Even a little can go a long way as many often take our day to day luxuries for granted. I will definitely contribute when I can here from Germany. Thank you for sharing this G. Xo

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    • Great question- the idea is to mimic life in a camp food-wise, so I doubt there would be any foraging… Thanks to various donations I can now ‘reward’ myself with some salt, a spice (cumin I reckon), and this morning I ‘earnt’ 170g of a vegetable, which I’m super excited about: bring on the broccoli!!

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  5. Wow, keep blogging and reminding us to donate. Im anxious to hear how the week goes. Its going to be extremely difficult but this is a way to get a good understanding. Being hungry is terrible.

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    • Thanks Alexis- I must admit I dread being hungry, as then I easily feel ‘hangry’/grumpy! I’ve planned a fairly quiet week at home as much as possible, & have 2 new books to read, so hopefully it will be like a mini retreat/cleanse πŸ™πŸΌ
      Thank you for your support x ❀

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    • Thanks love but it’s closed now… donate to a refugee organization near you- every pound or dollar helps. And support me next year… looks like I’m gonna do it again, believe it or not 😬❀


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