SLIM PICKINGS: Kelly Hartley with the weekly rations she is allowed to have as she raises money for refugees.
SLIM PICKINGS: Kelly Hartley with the weekly rations she is allowed to have as she raises money for refugees. Samantha Elley

Food rationed for refugee awareness

BURNING a meal's worth of split peas is normally not a big deal.

When, however, you are doing the Act For Peace Ration Challenge and your meal amounts are severely limited, it can be a devastating affair.

This is what Casino's Kelly Hartley has recently experienced as she underwent the challenge to raise money for Burmese refugees.

"The challenge is to eat like a Burmese refugee for one week to add awareness to their plight on the Thai border," Ms Hartley said.

"Any money I raise goes to Act for Peace to help the refugees."

For seven days last week Ms Hartley lived on the following rations:

3 ½ kg rice, 250g fortified flour (rice plus soy flour), 280g split peas, 40g salt, 155g protein (Ms Hartley chose tofu as she doesn't eat fish, the only other protein allowed) and 125ml of vegetable oil.

Now it's understandable why burning your split peas is so dramatic.

"That was a whole meal gone and I couldn't replace it," Ms Hartley said.

"It has been a real challenge as the food is boring with no flavour."

As she raises more money, however, Ms Hartley is allowed to add different foods.

"Because I've raised over $300 I can add a flavour like chilli flakes or soy sauce," she said.

"If I raise $500 I get an extra serving of protein.

"It's more food earned like going out to work."

Ms Hartley said the challenge has been humbling as people in the refugee camps, these amounts of food is all they get.

While the ration challenge itself was only for a week, Ms Hartley is fundraising up to June 30.

To donate visit rationchallenge.everyday hero.com/au/kelly.



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