A team leader from a Worcester insurance broker is to take on a week-long ration challenge to raise much-needed funds for refugees who have been displaced from their homeland.
From June 19-25, Sue Smith, premier team leader at Sutcliffe & Co, has signed up for the Ration Challenge, which is being run in partnership with the international humanitarian organisation Concern Worldwide. She will eat the same rations as a Syrian refugee living in a camp in Jordan by eating just a small amount of rice, flour, lentils, chickpeas, beans, fish and oil.
The past 12 months has seen continued violent conflict and unrest around the world, including in Afghanistan and Ukraine. It is also the 11th anniversary of the conflict in Syria, and numerous natural disasters have also created millions of refugees. In fact, it is estimated that more than 100 million people have now been forced to flee their homes due to conflict, and this figure is set to rise even further in the second half of 2022.
Sue said: “Every day we see images on the news about the plight of refugees, so I decided to help fundraise for these poor families. My daughter and I will eat the same rations as a Syrian refugee, but the money raised will help any refugee across the world, providing emergency food, healthcare and life-saving support to the people who need it most.
“These people have to live this life day in day out, week after week. We may struggle for the week we have signed up for but it’s our choice and after seven days we can revert to our ‘normal’ day to day eating. They have no choice and no let-up in the rations they have to live on. So, let’s raise as much money as we can to help these people.”