staff member fundraises in lifesaving refugee Ration Challenge

Wednesday September 9, 2020

A former mathematics teacher at Concord is taking part in the Ration Challenge in partnership with Concern Worldwide – a global charitable organisation working to tackle the global hunger crises. Mrs Nikki Outram, who still works as a relief assistant in boarding and pastoral care at the college, has signed up to eat the exact quantity of food rations as a Syrian refugee for one week. So, what will Mrs Outram be eating? Just a small amount of rice, flour, lentils, chickpeas, beans, fish and oil. So far this year, in the UK, £851,958 has been fundraised – which is enough to feed 5426 refugees for a year. Speaking of her decision to take part in the challenge, Mrs Outram said: “I am taking part in this challenge because we are lucky enough to be able to eat what we want, when we want; to have special meals and eat out and enjoy many little extras. “Sometimes it’s easy to forget that it’s not like this for everyone and that some of us are very lucky to live the way we live – to eat the way we eat and spend the way we spend. “I am expecting the challenge to be hard but it’s just one week – whereas for some, this way of eating is their reality.” “I am looking for support and will be raising money to help provide emergency food, hygiene kits and life-saving support to Syrian refugees as well as supporting Concern's wider work of ending hunger and extreme poverty in the world's poorest places. “As little as £39 can provide a refugee with food rations for three months and £63 can fund medical referrals for 5 refugees!” The challenge is perhaps even more important this year as the world tackles the coronavirus pandemic. Charitable organisation Concern state that “we’re all affected by the virus, but not equally.” “Refugees were already living a nightmare; and now, as a result of the pandemic, many more will face devastating hunger. “By supporting the Ration Challenge and those taking part, you’ll help bring emergency food, hygiene kits and life-saving support to the people that need it most. “Let’s show we really are #inthistogether.” To support Mrs Outram in her challenge and to securely donate, please click here. Mrs Outram added: “Thank you so much for your support – it is truly appreciated.”