Oakhill College students will be raising money for Syrian refugees, by participating in the Ration Challenge during Refugee Week (17-24 June, 2018).
The Ration Challenge, organised by Act for Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia, challenges participants to eat the same rations as a Syrian refugee – a small amount of rice, flour, lentils, chick peas, beans, fish and oil – for one week and obtain sponsorship to do it. The aim of the Challenge is to raise money and awareness for communities threatened by conflict and disaster.
Following the success of the Ration Challenge Team in 2017 where the College raised over $18,000, the 2018 team, Oakhill4humanrights, consisting of 60 students, staff and parents, have set a target of $20,000 for this year. Currently, we have raised almost $11,500.
The Challenge will have a significant impact on the participants as they maintain their very busy school and work schedules, preparing for assessments, sitting exams, attending meetings, social activities and trying to find alternatives, and get creative with the rations as well as being with others who are not on the challenge.
Niamh Duggan, a Year 12 student participated in the Ration Challenge in 2017 and is again giving it a go this year.
“When I signed up for the Challenge last year, I could never have predicted just how eye-opening the experience was for me. Although it was a challenging week, I came to understand first-hand the realities and struggles of life as a refugee. I decided to sign up again this year because there are too many vulnerable communities who live on next to nothing while we enjoy the privileges of our lives. Every single cent that is raised goes towards much needed food, education and medicine for refugees, and I hope that my efforts will make a real change for those in need.” said Miss Duggan
Principal of Oakhill College, Brother Steve Hogan fully supports the 2018 Ration Challenge.
“By putting themselves in the shoes of a refugee, our students will learn about global issues, develop empathy for others and feel empowered to make a difference in the world. For many of our participants, it is an opportunity to publicly take a stand against the treatment of refugees, raise awareness, start the conversations, challenge stereotypes and show that generosity and love will always prevail.” said Br. Steve.
To support the Oakhill4humanrights Team please click on the following link – https://school.rationchallenge.org.au/oakhill4humanrights
Get on board to Raise Awareness, Change Attitudes and Change Lives!