De La Salle Catholic College Cronulla students take part in Ration Challenge

Supporting refugees: De La Salle Catholic College Cronulla students are taking part in the Ration Challenge. Picture: Supplied
Supporting refugees: De La Salle Catholic College Cronulla students are taking part in the Ration Challenge. Picture: Supplied

Students from De La Salle Catholic College, Cronulla, will see what it is like to live on rations as part of an event that shines a light on the plight of refugees.

The school's year 12 Studies of Religion students are taking part in the Ration Challenge, which coincides with World Refugee Day (June 20).

Schoolchildren and teachers are invited to eat like a refugee as part of the challenge, which runs June 13-19, and get sponsorship to raise much-needed funds to help children and families threatened by conflict and disaster around the world.

Every student registered by their teacher receives a ration pack in the mail, containing the same quantities of rice, beans, chickpeas, lentils, fish, oil and flour, as distributed to Syrian refugees in camps in Jordan.

De La Salle Religion Studies teacher Maree Cullen said students were currently studying 'Religion and Peace'.

"As part of this topic, they are raising funds for the Act for Peace annual Ration Challenge.

"The classes were shocked at the food refugees are allocated each week in camps around the world.

"Creating awareness and raising money to help these people is an opportunity to help make a difference in one part of the world."

The Ration Challenge schools program was launched in 2018 and has so far raised more than $1 million.

Ration Challenge co-founder at Act for Peace, Ben Littlejohn, said the event invites Australian students to stand in solidarity with children who are living as refugees in other countries.

Mr Littlejohn said the program aims to teach students' empathy and give them an opportunity to make a difference in the world.

He said money raised this year would help save lives by providing emergency food, healthcare and support to people hit hardest by the refugee crisis.

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