I am a vegetarian/vegan – can I still take part?
YES- All of the ingredients in the ration pack are suitable for vegans and vegetarians except for the sardines. You can supplement this for the same weight of tofu – 125g or an alternative of your choice.
How do I create a team?
Creating a team is easy:
1- Sign up as an individual (Tell everyone who wants to join your team to do this also)
2- Create a team by clicking the ‘TEAM’ menu whilst logged in and then the ‘CREATE TEAM’ button, choose a name and save
3- Invite team members by clicking the ‘Invite’ button whilst logged in
Note: Only team captains will be able to edit your team page details. All other team members can view your team page, team members and fundraising totals but will not be able to make changes.
How do I leave a team?
If you’ve joined a team accidently – don’t worry it happens a lot with all those punny names – then just login to your account, click on the TEAM menu bar and click ‘Leave team’ and confirm. You cannot be in two teams at once so have to leave a team before joining a new one.
Someone I don’t know has joined my team, what should I do?
Sorry that this has happened- its usually because lots of teams have similar team names. Get in touch with us and we’ll sort it out. We allow open access to teams to prevent the hassle of setting up passwords/forgetting them etc.
Where does the money go?
Your fundraising supports refugees around the world internally displaced or having fled from Syria, Afghanistan, East Africa, Burma and Sri Lanka. It also contributes to supporting communities threatened by conflict and natural disaster in Zimbabwe, The Pacific, Pakistan and Palestine.
Learn more about your impact here
How much of the money goes to the refugees?
Act for Peace is committed to providing vital funds directly to refugees around the world who need it most. We allocate 80 percent of all income raised directly to our work on the ground. 13.8 percent is spent on investment in fundraising to ensure we can continue to raise vital funds to support refugees and communities threatened by conflict and disaster. We are committed to having big goals and creating widespread and long-term impact in the best way possible. Wondering why charity organisations need to have administrations fees or fundraising costs at all? Check out this amazing and insightful video by Dan Palotta here
Can I do the Ration Challenge on a different week?
Yes- you can do the challenge whenever you choose. Many people do the Ration Challenge early due to work, school or family commitments. We recommend that if you do what to change the dates to do it earlier rather than later.
I have not received my resource pack in the mail
This year we are sending out resources to everyone that signs up to take the Challenge. If you haven’t received this within two weeks please get in contact with the team. In order to receive your ration pack raise your first $100 and it will be on its way.
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 to add to your fundraising total of at least $50 and then continue to take part. The Ration Challenge works on an honesty policy.
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?
Food in the ration packs reflects the same quantities and ingredients as those provided to refugees in the camps. The calories provided in these rations are below 1,675 kcal and do not meet the Sphere Minimum Standard of 2,100 kcal/person/day. The daily caloric intake of the ration pack is not consistent with the average daily caloric requirements of an average adult as recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council.
By taking part in the challenge participants fully acknowledge and undertake the risks involved and understand the program is not medically supervised. In taking part, participants hereby waive and release Act for Peace from any and all claims, costs, liability and expense for any injury, whether known, anticipated or unanticipated arising from this voluntary participation.
I’m pregnant- can I still take part?
It is recommended that pregnant women do not take part in the challenge as such persons require additional dietary needs that the ration packs do not meet. It is advised that participants consult a doctor before taking part, especially if they have a medical condition, take regular medication or have been ill recently.
I’m under 18, can I still take part?
Yes, but you will need to take part within your school or with the permission and support of your parents. 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?
It is not recommended that you dramatically increase your physical activity levels during the challenge. If you exercise regularly in normal circumstances, it is recommended that you reduce your amount of physical exertion during the challenge.
Can I go longer than the one-week challenge?
No, it is not recommended that participants exceed the one-week duration of the challenge. This could be detrimental to your health and we advise against it.
How do I fundraise?
Follow our easy to use fundraising tips and check your inbox each week to maximize your impact
How do I take offline donations?
Download our PDF form to take down the details of everyone that gives you a cash donation. All you have to do to add these donations to your fundraising page is bank the money into your own bank account and then use your credit card or paypal to make a donation. Use their details for the name and email address instead of your own so it shows up correctly as them on your page. They will be emailed their tax receipt.