I am a vegetarian/vegan – can I still take part?
Yes! All the ingredients in the ration pack are suitable for vegans and vegetarians, except for the sardines. You can replace the sardines with 125g of tofu (or other alternative of your choice).
We’re sorry, but for logistical reasons all the ration packs are shipped the same (i.e. we can’t take out the sardines before posting). Please pass your sardines on to someone who’ll eat them.
How do I create a team?
Creating a team is easy:
1. Sign-up for the Ration Challenge on the website. Everyone in your team will need to sign-up individually and create a password.
2. Select the ‘CREATE TEAM’ button from the ‘TEAM’ menu displayed on your fundraising page when you’re logged in. Choose a team name and click ‘SAVE’.
3. Invite people to join your team by clicking the ‘INVITE’ button.
Note: Only team captains (the person who creates the team) will be able to edit the details on your team page.
Where does the money go?
The money you raise will provide food rations, medical care, education and other essential support to Syrian refugees living in Jordan, and help other conflict and disaster affected communities around the world, including families affected by the famine in East Africa. By taking part in the Ration Challenge, you’ll be supporting people in urgent need as well as helping to tackle the root causes of injustice through Act for Peace’s emergency response, long term development and advocacy programs.
Act for Peace has programs in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Pacific and Australia. Find out more about the incredible difference you’re making at actforpeace.org.au
Act for Peace works for safety, justice and dignity for all people and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, gender, sexual orientation or national origin.
I’m busy 18-25 June. Can I do the Ration Challenge at a different time?
Yes! You can do the challenge whenever you choose. Many people do the Ration Challenge early due to work, school or family commitments.
Why haven’t I received my ration pack in the mail?
Everyone who registers on the Ration Challenge website will be posted a toolkit containing all the information you need to take part.
When you raise your first $100, we’ll also send you a box of food rations in the post. It’s based on the rations Syrian refugees receive in camps in Jordan. As soon as your online fundraising page hits $100, we’ll automatically send your ration pack to the address you gave us when you signed up (you don’t need to do anything). If you haven’t received this within two weeks please get in touch - you may have been out when the parcel was delivered, or there may be an error in your address details etc.
Packs are limited, so get fundraising early to make sure you get yours before they run out. And if you don’t manage to raise $100 in time, don’t worry, you can still take part by buying your own ingredients.
What happens if I slip up during the challenge and break the rules? Can I still continue?
The challenge we’ve set is to eat the same rations as a Syrian refugee for the full seven days, and we’re encouraging everyone to aim for this goal. However, if you do slip up and break a rule, you can make a penalty donation of at least $50 to your fundraising page and then continue with the challenge. The Ration Challenge works on an honesty policy, so only you and your conscience will know if you break the rules!
How much of the money goes to refugees?
In the past financial year, 80% of Act for Peace’s expenditure went on our international and domestic programs and advocacy work. A large part of this was spent on programs supporting refugees, including Syrian refugees in Jordan, where Act for Peace distributes rations almost identical to the rations you’ll be eating during the Ration Challenge.
13.8% of our expenditure was invested in fundraising, without which we wouldn’t have raised the other 86.2%! And 6.2% was spent on accountability and administration, like good financial management, planning and HR, which are essential to ensuring your funds are used as effectively as possible.
Our financial statements are prepared in accordance with the presentation and disclosure requirements set out in the ACFID Code of Conduct (acfid.asn.au) to which Act for Peace is a signatory. You can view our full accounts in our annual report, available on our website
What if I feel ill during the Ration Challenge?
If you feel ill during the Ration Challenge, cease participation immediately. Consult a doctor before taking part, especially if you have a medical condition, take regular medication or have been ill recently.
What is the nutritional value of the ration packs?
The calorie content of the food eaten during the challenge (i.e. the contents of the ration pack provided plus the specified additional rice and flour) is below 1738 kcal/person/day. This does not meet the Sphere Minimum Standard of 2,100 kcal/person/ day. It is also not consistent with the daily calorie requirements of an average adult recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council.
Participation in the challenge is voluntary and you do so at your own risk. We recommend you consult a doctor before taking part, especially if you have a medical condition, take regular medication or have been ill recently. You should cease participation immediately if you feel ill.
I’m pregnant, can I take part?
It is recommended that pregnant women do not take part in the challenge as they have additional dietary requirements that the rations do not meet.
I’m under 18, can I still take part?
Yes, but you can only take part in the Ration Challenge as part of a school or family organised activity, fully supervised by a teacher, parent or guardian (they’ll need to register on your behalf). Please get in touch and we can give you more information. We’d love to have you on board.
Can I exercise during the challenge?
We don’t recommend that you dramatically increase your physical activity levels during the challenge. If you exercise regularly in normal circumstances, it is recommended that you reduce the level of physical exertion you undertake during the challenge.
Can I do the challenge for longer than a week?
No, it is not recommended that participants exceed the one-week duration of the challenge.