Each meal's a challenge

On rations: Skadie Gulbis, Linda Sik and James Boubli share a meal for the Act for Peace Ration Challenge.

On rations: Skadie Gulbis, Linda Sik and James Boubli share a meal for the Act for Peace Ration Challenge.

James Boubli is living on food rations for a week, to support Burmese refugees who have fled their homeland for neighbouring Thailand and now live in refugee camps on the border, subsisting on just a small amount of rice, flour, salt, fish paste, split peas and oil.

The Cherrybrook resident started Act for Peace's first Ration Challenge on Sunday with 100 Australians.

They were all sent a parcel beforehand with food rations a Burmese refugee receives in a camp, and have been asked to raise at least $200 for these refugees.

"I eat a lot and I'm not really that excited about having to eat rice and fish, but knowing the money I raise will help people who've had to survive on those rations for years really motivates me to see it through," Mr Boubli, 22, said.

"This is as much about raising money as it is raising awareness."

The challenge works on an honesty policy. You can only eat what's in the ration pack, unless you've "earned" other ingredients by raising: $200 (buys you flavouring); $300 (earns you a 75g serving of vegetables to eat); $400 (150g of fruit); $500 (extra protein, e.g. two eggs, 65g red meat, 85g poultry, 100g fish or 170g tofu); $1000 (anything to the value of $10).

You can drink only water.

■ Details: info@actforpeace.org.au, 1800 025 101.

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