HCB sponsored Ellie McCarthy, daughter of our Head of Technical Services & Operations who took on the Ration Challenge to raise money for Concern Worldwide. Concern Worldwide is an international humanitarian organisation that strives for a world free from poverty, fear and oppression. The challenge is hosted annually.
We interviewed Ellie to find out a little more about the challenge and why she decided to do it. Here’s what she said…
Ellie, tell us a little bit about the challenge and why you decided to get involved?
I decided to take part in the ration challenge in partnership with Concern Worldwide. From 13th-19th September, I ate the same rations as a Syrian refugee living in Jordan. This consisted of 420g rice, 170g lentils, 85g dried chickpeas, 125g tinned chickpeas, 400g kidney beans and 330ml of vegetable oil. No butter, no bread, no sweet treats, no meat, no fresh vegetables, no coffee. None of the simple delights that we all take for granted everyday.
I decided to get involved with the challenge as it’s so easy to fall into a trap of forgetting how lucky we are to have shelter over our heads, nutritious food, a safe living environment, access to healthcare and clean running water. It is something I’m guilty of but have particularly become aware of most recently with our government’s response to the migrant crisis. I think we all realise it is a deeply complex matter with no easy fix, and more must be done to raise awareness.
How much did you raise?
I managed to raise £1,454.86 which will go to help the MILLIONS of people who have been forced to leave their homes by conflict or disaster, by providing emergency food, hygiene kits and lifesaving support to Syrian refugees in Jordan, including families hit hardest by coronavirus.
Well done Ellie! We were delighted to sponsor you for what is an incredible achievement and a fantastic amount raised for such an important cause.