FAQS

We’re here to help! We hope these FAQs cover everything you need to know but if you have any other questions please contact us on 1800 025 101 or send us an email at info@actforpeace.org.au

You can find Schools FAQs here.

General Faqs

What are the rations?

We’ve designed the Ration Challenge to reflect, as closely as we can, what it’s like to eat rations as a Syrian refugee in Jordan. You are able to eat the food rations in your ration box, rice and flour from two provided food coupons and any rewards you earn. The food ration pack includes rice 420g, lentils 170g, dried chickpeas 85g, tinned sardines 125g, tinned kidney beans 400g and vegetable oil 300ml. In your ration pack, you’ll also find two food ‘coupons’, for additional rice and flour. They are representative of the coupons many refugees are given by the UN or other organisations that can be exchanged in local shops for essential staple foods, such as rice and flour. To recreate your refugee experience, buy an additional 1.5kg of rice and 400g of plain flour and add these to your week’s rations. Tip: don’t try to use your coupons at the supermarket, they won’t work!

How do I receive my food ration pack?

All you have to do is sign up and we’ll send your ration pack straight to you. You’ll also get sent a welcome pack that includes a Ration Challenge Guide and recipe book.

Is there a vegetarian/vegan ration pack?

Yes! The ingredients in the ration pack are suitable for vegans and vegetarians, except for the sardines. When you register, we’ll give you the option to receive a ration pack without sardines. You can then replace the sardines with 125g of tofu (or other alternative of your choice).

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. 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.

When is the Ration Challenge in 2019?

The Ration Challenge is held in Refugee Week, from Sunday 16 June – Sunday 23 June 2019. You start the Challenge when you wake up on the morning of Sunday 16 June and finish when you wake up on Sunday 23 June (not the Saturday night).

I’m busy 16-23 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.

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 (or 2-5 days for students), 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 can I track the postage of my Ration Pack?

We’ll send you a Ration Pack when you sign up. Most packs will arrive within 2 weeks (excluding remote areas). You should also receive an email with a tracking code for your pack (make sure to check your junk email). If it has been longer than 2 weeks, please contact us and we can check to see what has happened.

How much of the money goes to refugees?

In the past financial year, 70% of funds raised for Act for Peace went to supporting our international and domestic programs that benefit communities threatened by conflict and natural disaster. A large part of this went to specifically 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.

Around 20% of our expenditure was invested in fundraising – fundraising is important so that we can generate the donations that drive our vital work around the world. It also includes the cost of gaining long-term supporters. And 10% was spent on accountability and administration – this is essential to the day-to-day running of the organisation, and includes our supporter relations, finance, administration, HR and management teams.

Learn more about the difference you are making by getting involved with the Ration Challenge, and the difference Act for Peace’s project partners are making in the world, by reading through our Annual Report. By partnering with passionate people like you, we’re working to achieve safety, justice and dignity in communities around the world threatened by conflict and natural disaster. These reports also provide financial breakdowns showing how funds are used in our work overseas and here in Australia.

What if I feel ill during the Ration Challenge?

If you have any concerns about your health, please consult a medical professional before taking part. If you feel ill during the Ration Challenge, cease participation immediately and see a doctor.

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 1,738 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.

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).

If you want to take part in your school, you can visit the Ration Challenge schools’ page. If you are taking part as a family, parents/guardians will need to sign up for the Ration Challenge and create a team for the family. If you need additional ration packs for children, please send us email or call us.

Can I exercise during the challenge?

We don’t recommend that you dramatically increase your physical activity levels during the Challenge due to the additional nutritional requirements that exercising may have. 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.

Where can I download the Ration Challenge app?

We’ll post links here as soon as the Ration Challenge app for 2019 is ready.

How can I contact the team to get more support?

Have a question for us? You might find what you’re looking for on our FAQS page, or:

– Call us on 1800 025 101
– Email us at info@actforpeace.org.au
– Post your question on the Ration Challenge Australia Group
– Send us a Facebook Inbox message at: https://www.facebook.com/ActforPeace/

Schools FAQs

When is the Ration Challenge?

The Ration Challenge is held in Refugee Week, from Sunday 16 June – Sunday 23 June 2018. Students will be taking a 3- or 5-day version of the Challenge and we recommend Monday 17 June – Friday 21 June.

Our school is busy 16-23 June. Can we do the Ration Challenge at a different time?

Yes! You can do the Challenge whenever you choose. In Refugee Week you will be joining others all around Australia taking part at the same time, but we encourage you to do it any time that may suit.

How do I sign up my school?

If you’re a teacher, you can sign up your class or school here. If you are a teacher wishing to take part as a team of adults, then please sign up to the public Ration Challenge campaign here.

Once you have signed up your school, you will need to submit your class/school list in order for each student to receive a fundraising page and URL. You will be prompted to do this in the Ration Challenge Schools Hub once you’ve registered. Please note that all participating students will need permission from their parent/guardian to take part. You can download a permission slip here.

Once you have registered and submitted your class list, we encourage you to give each student their fundraising page URL. This is what they will need to share with their friends and family to get sponsorship.

Can I sign up my school if I'm a student?

Unfortunately not – if you are a student and wanting to take part, please download this information sheet and take it to your teacher or an adult who will be able to sign up for your school/class.

How old do you need to be to take part in the Ration Challenge?

Students aged 12+ can take part in the Ration Challenge with parental permission and supervision. We recommend that junior high school students (aged 11-15) should take on the Challenge for 3 days and senior high school students (aged 16-18) should take on the Challenge for 5 days.

Children under 12 shouldn’t take part in the Challenge due to the health risks associated with having an unbalanced diet. If, as a parent or teacher, you want to support the campaign by doing something refugee-focused with younger children, we would suggest one shared meal of refugee rations, either together as a family, or by organising a class/school lunch of rations.

How long should under-18s do the Ration Challenge for?

We recommend that high school students in years 7-9 take the Challenge for 3 days and high school students in years 10-12 take the Challenge for 5 days.

We recommend that primary school students don’t take the Challenge. They could learn more about the refugee issue through a school event, or by sharing a one-off meal of refugee rations.

Can under-18s take part by themselves, without parental permission?

No. Anyone under-18 taking part in the Ration Challenge needs to be supervised by a teacher, parent or guardian.

What are the rations?

We’ve designed the Ration Challenge to reflect, as closely as we can, what it’s like to eat rations as a Syrian refugee in Jordan. You are able to eat the food rations in your ration box, rice and flour from two provided food coupons and any rewards you earn. If you are under 18, you will be taking a 5-day or 3-day version of the Ration Challenge, depending on your age.

The food ration pack includes rice, lentils, dried chickpeas, tinned sardines, tinned kidney beans and vegetable oil. In your ration pack, you’ll also find two food ‘coupons’, for additional rice and flour. They are representative of the coupons many refugees are given by the UN or other organisations that can be exchanged in local shops for essential staple foods, such as rice and flour.

I'm a teacher/organising parent - how do I receive a food ration pack?

As a teacher (or organising parent) you will receive a school pack, including a food ration pack, approximately 2 weeks after signing up for the Ration Challenge. You can use this food ration pack in class to show students what they will be eating during Refugee Week.

I'm a student - how do I receive my food ration pack?

After your teacher (or organising parent) has submitted your team list, you will receive a fundraising page URL. To get your ration pack, all you need to do is share this page URL and ask people to sponsor you.

Once you get your first donation it will qualify you to receive a food ration pack. Ration packs will be delivered to your teacher or parent in the final 2 weeks before the Ration Challenge begins, so make sure you start fundraising as early as possible!

What food do I get for the 5-day version of the Ration Challenge?

If you are taking part in the 5-day Challenge, you will receive a 5-day ration pack that includes 420g rice, 120g red lentils, 60g dried chickpeas, 215ml vegetable oil, 1 tin of kidney beans (400g) and 1 tin of sardines. In addition, you will receive two food coupons for 950g of extra rice and 285g of plain flour (or a gluten-free alternative). You will need to source the last two items from your cupboard or purchase them from a local store (note – the coupons won’t actually work at a supermarket).

What food do I get for the 3-day version of the Ration Challenge?

If you are taking part in the 3-day Challenge, you will receive a 5-day ration pack and will need to divide your rations to exclude 2 days’ worth of food.

Your total food items should be: 820g rice (420g in the pack and an additional 400g), 170g plain flour (food coupon), 70g lentils, 36g chickpeas, 130ml vegetable oil, 1/2 tin of kidney beans (200g), 1/2 tin of sardines (60g).

What if we don't want to eat rations - are there other ways to take part?

Yes! Not everyone would like (or is able) to eat rations, but as a school you can take part in lots of other ways! Hold a school fundraising event, raise awareness in your community and learn more about the refugee crisis. You will be making an incredible difference to the lives of refugees around the world. Get in touch and we’ll support you in whatever you and your school choose to do.

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. All you have to do is remove the sardines from your pack (we suggest giving them to someone who will eat them). You can choose to replace the sardines with 125g of tofu (or other alternative of your choice).

What if I don't make it through the Challenge?

The Challenge we’ve set is to eat the same rations as a Syrian refugee for 3 or 5 days (depending on your age), and we’re encouraging everyone to aim for this goal. However, if you do slip up and break a rule, you should still 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!

What if I feel ill during the Challenge?

Students – if you feel ill during the Challenge please stop immediately and talk to your parent/guardian about how you feel and whether you need to see a doctor.

Teachers – if any of your students feel unwell during the Challenge, please contact their parent/guardian immediately and recommend they seek medical advice.

Is it safe to take the Ration Challenge?

Participation in the Challenge is voluntary and all registrants do so at their own risk. Under-18s can only participate with parental/guardian permission and under supervision. We recommend that parents/guardians consult a doctor before allowing their child to take part, especially if their child has a medical condition, takes regular medication or has been ill recently. All participants should cease participation immediately if they feel ill.

Can I exercise during the Challenge?

We don’t recommend that you dramatically increase your physical activity levels during the Challenge due to the additional nutritional requirements that exercising may have. If you exercise regularly in normal circumstances, it is recommended that you reduce the level of physical exertion you undertake during the Challenge.

Can an under-18 participant do the Challenge for longer than 5 days?

No, it is not recommended that participants who are under 18 exceed the 5-day Challenge.

What is the nutritional value of the ration pack?

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 the 1,738 kcal/person/day recommendation. The full Ration Challenge nutritional information can be downloaded here. This does not meet the Sphere Minimum Standard of 2,100 kcal/person/ day nor does it meet Nutrition Australia’s recommendations for a balanced diet. It is also not consistent with the daily calorie requirements of an average adult (or child) recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council. Please seek medical advice before taking part yourself or allowing your child to take part.