The Challenge

Will you join tens of thousands of people across Australia for the 2018 Ration Challenge and make a real difference for refugees?

How it works

Reserve your ration pack

We’ll reserve a ration pack for you, and let you know as soon as registration opens. Once you’ve signed up and received your first donation, we’ll send you all the resources you need to take part.

Live on rations

Eat the same rations as a Syrian refugee living in a camp in Jordan during Refugee Week (17-24 June). That means just a small amount of rice, flour, lentils, chick peas, beans, fish (or alternative for vegetarians and vegans) and oil.

Raise money and awareness

Ask your friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you and raise vital funds for refugees. At the same time, share your experience with everyone you know to raise awareness of the issue and help change attitudes.

Earn rewards

You can earn extra ingredients to add to your meals by working hard on your fundraising.

For example, if you sponsor yourself, you’ll earn a spice or flavouring of your choice to use in your cooking for the whole week. Form a team with other Challengers and earn yourselves 70g of milk powder each. Raise $200 and you’ll be able to enjoy a comforting cup of tea. Push your total up to $500 and you can choose a fresh vegetable to add to your menu.

The more you fundraise, the more you eat!

Do it together

As a team

The Ration Challenge is perfect for a team. You can cook together, and you’re allowed to pool your rations and rewards. Plus, when the going gets tough, there’s no better motivator than people beside you going through the same experience. You can also earn a couple of great rewards by forming a team – 70g of milk powder per team member, and 4 teaspoons of coffee to share (for teams of 4 or more)!

Resources and support

Thinking about stepping up to the challenge? Good on you! We’ll provide you with support every step of the way – including

A handy toolkit and online fundraising page
Once you’ve signed up, we’ll send you everything you need to take part, including a toolkit. Plus we’ll give you access to the Ration Challenge fundraising hub, which includes your own online fundraising page.

Practical meal plan and recipes
You’ll be able to download a number of useful resources from the fundraising hub to support you in your challenge – including our essential meal plan, recipes and posters.

Support with your fundraising
You’ll have the support of your own fundraising coach, who’ll be there to provide tips and advice on how to reach – and ideally smash – your fundraising target.

Fatima’s story

Fatima is a proud and strong Syrian woman, but she will never forget the humiliation and powerlessness she felt when she first became a refugee. She now lives in Jordan with her children where, with more and more refugees arriving every day, life is hard and very expensive. They mainly depend on coupons and packages distributed by organisations such as Act for Peace.

Fatima has now been trained as a volunteer to help with food distribution and to educate others on how to distribute aid safely and fairly. It’s a role she performs with empathy and understanding.

“People who come here are already shy and broken on the inside. We should not add to this. I’ve made big changes to help people keep their dignity. I want to distribute packages with love and a smile.”