Apollo Bay Couple to Live on the Same Food Rations as a Syrian Refugee

16th June 2018

A couple from Apollo Bay has pledged to eat the same rations as a Syrian refugee as a part of a national fundraiser providing food, medicine and education for refugees.

“What did I get myself into?” said 31-year-old Steve after seeing how little food he’d be able to eat the coming week.  The food pack has just a small amount of rice, flour, lentils, chickpeas, beans, fish and oil.

1806 karlijn steve

With his 6.7ft he is a big eater, “The cravings are the biggest challenge, I love sweets and coffee. ” Unless the couple raise large amounts of donations, they will be restricted to the basic pack without salts and flavouring.

This is the second time Steve takes the challenge; the first year he raised $1.741. “I found it an eye opening experience to see how little refugees get, and I was overwhelmed by the support I got.”

This year Steve convinced his partner Karlijn to join him in doing the ration challenge. “Last year we were afraid things would go wrong with us both being hangry for a week.” The couple manage an Ecolodge together and being irritable at the same time can have catastrophic effects. “We don’t want to have a domestic at work.” says Karlijn.

The couple will eat and drink the same as a Syrian refugee living in a camp in Jordan, based on food packs distributed by Act for Peace.

You might get a shock – it’s not much for a week!

Rice 420g
Lentils 170g
Dried chickpeas 85g
Tinned sardines 125g
Tinned kidney beans 400g
Vegetable oil 300ml

1806 karlijn steve rations

Right now there are more refugees and displaced people around the world than at any time since World War II, - people who’ve fled conflict and disaster in their own country and now face a daily struggle for survival.

“I know it’s a first world problem, but we cook for our guests at the ecolodge. I think it will be most challenging making dinner for others while being hungry myself. I hope I have what it takes to do this.” Says Karlijn. “Refugees are people like you and me, and the refugee crisis one of the key issues of our time. I hope to be able to contribute towards a solution.”

The couple will share their experiences with friends and family on social media.

To sponsor Karlijn and Stephan go to my.rationchallenge.org.au/karlijn or my.rationchallenge.org.au/stephan-ras.

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