Cedars’ students show refugees they’re with them – Ration Challenge

This year, during Refugee Week (June 17-24) several Year 11 students and our Chaplain, Carol Ramsey are eating the same rations as a Syrian refugee for a week to raise money and awareness of the plight of refugees around the world.  The week will culminate during Cedars Refugee/Social Justice Day held on Friday 24 June.

The fundraising initiative is called the Ration Challenge and our students will be joining hundreds of others across Australia by putting themselves in the shoes of a refugee for a week.

The whole school community is getting behind the initiative to sponsor the students to take part in the challenge. The money raised supports Syrian refugees in camps in Jordan, and other vulnerable communities, who desperately need our help.

The educational resources, combined with the transformative experience of the challenge, offers young people a way to learn about global issues, further develop empathy for others and empowers them to make a difference in the world.

This brave group of Year 11’s and Chaplain Carol Ramsey have already raised over $6000 and they can be supported by logging onto their team page https://school.rationchallenge.org.au/cedars-christian-college.

“I am so impressed with the stand our students are taking and the sacrifice they are making in eating these meagre rations this week to relate to what refugees eat during that time period,” said Principal Mr Steve Walton.  “I am proud of our students for choosing to look outside themselves and to make a difference in our world.”

Ration Challengers survive on the exact same rations that a Syrian refugee receives in a refugee camp in Jordan – just a small amount of rice, lentils, beans, fish, oil, flour and chickpeas.

Participants who take the challenge are sent a toolkit and food ration pack with the exact same rations a Syrian refugee receives in a refugee camp in Jordan. Participants share their experience with their friends and family and ask them for sponsorship via their online fundraising page.

By being involved in practical initiatives that require compassion and empathy, our students see another dimension and purpose to their education – and even lives. Their eyes are opened to how they can meaningfully impact the world around them.