THE plight of the Syrian refugees has reached Leeming, with a mother of four deciding to do her part in raising awareness for their experiences.
Sarah Sheehy will take part in the 2016 Ration Challenge for organisation Act for Peace.
From June 19 to 25, she will consume the same rations as a Syrian refugee; a small amount of rice and lentils, chickpeas, sardines and kidney beans.
Ms Sheehy said luxuries such as coffee, meat and alcohol were strictly off the menu.
“I’m doing the 2016 Ration Challenge because I have been touched and saddened by the situation of the Syrian people and other refugees around the world fleeing from civil war and unrest,” Ms Sheehy said.
She said these people, including millions like her own children, were living in poverty, often in freezing winter weather, with very little food or warmth.
Ms Sheehy believed refugees had not a lot of hope of returning home or of finding work to help them and their families survive.
Donations are welcome towards her goal, with Ms Sheehy raising more than $1000 so far, with a goal of $2000.
She said all money raised would help provide urgently needed food rations, healthcare and education to Syrian refugees.
“It will also help many other refugees around the world to build safe, just and dignified lives, now and in the future,” she said.
“I’m hoping my efforts in this Ration Challenge will raise valuable funds to give these families not just food, keeping them alive, but hope that the rest of the world actually hasn’t forgotten them.”
Karen McGrath, co-founder of the Ration Challenge, travelled to Jordan late last year to meet with Syrian refugees the program supports.
“We’re used to seeing news headlines full of statistics about the Syrian conflict, but the numbers are so huge they’re hard to get your head around,” she said.
“With this challenge, we hope to communicate the suffering caused by the crisis at a human level; at a level we can actually understand.”