Baranduda woman takes on the Act for Peace Ration Challenge for Refugee Week

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Adrienne Lyons, of Baranduda, will live on a limited supply of rations during Refugee Week. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Adrienne Lyons, of Baranduda, will live on a limited supply of rations during Refugee Week. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE

Think of all you eat over seven days.

Is it more than 420 grams of rice, 170g lentils, 85g dried chick peas, 125g tinned sardines, 400g tinned kidney beans and 300 millilitres of vegetable oil?

That list represents the weekly rations of a Syrian refugee living in a Jordan camp and also the menu ingredients for a Baranduda woman next week.

Adrienne Lyons will take the Act for Peace Ration Challenge during Refugee Week, which begins on Sunday.

Participants pledge to eat and drink the same as a Syrian refugee for the week, based on the food packs distributed by non-profit organisation Act for Peace.

Sponsorship by family and friends helps raise money to support refugees and a greater awareness of the issues they face.

The Ration Challenge began in 2014 with 100 pilot participants and more than 15,000 signed up last year.

In four years the fundraiser has collected nearly $6 million.

Ms Lyons, 24, who combines online work with study, said she saw the challenge advertised and thought it was a way she could help refugees.

“A lot of people are, like, ‘That’s too big a problem, I can’t do anything about it, I won’t do anything at all’,” she said. “This is one small positive thing that I can do.”

It might not feel like a small thing when the hunger pangs strike, but Act for Peace has provided recipes and those taking the challenge will support each other.

“I’d maybe do a one-day fast and then have a day where I eat ... just to help sort of separate it,” she said.

A couple of rice and flour coupons may supplement the base ingredients while successful fundraising can earn optional ration rewards.

“So far I’ve earned myself 50g of sugar, but I have nothing to have it with,” Ms Lyons said with a smile.

She’s well aware her week will still be far more comfortable than the experience in a refugee camp, without the same concerns of safety, heating, sickness or ongoing hardship.

“If they run out, that’s it, there’s no other options there,” she said. 

“I’m just hungry, that’s probably the only discomfort I’m going to have.”

RATION CHALLENGE: Adrienne Lyons' food for next week. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE

RATION CHALLENGE: Adrienne Lyons' food for next week. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE

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