Monday 23 May 2022

Thank You .... and Sharing an Email

I don't know where to begin, I have to simply say from the bottom of my heart ... THANK YOU  💖

I only signed up for this years Ration Challenge on Saturday afternoon and already with your support I have reached the amazing sponsorship total of £397.  This means we have already raised more than enough money to supply ration boxes to two refugees for A WHOLE YEAR!!

And once again this is how I am looking at my fundraising.  Although the money is spent in many ways to help refugees from all over the world ... this year including Ukrainian refugees ... if I focus on the food side of things it really keeps it on my mind how many people it's possible to help.

£166 = A Years Food for One Refugee

£332 = 2

£498 = 3

£664 = 4

£830 = 5

£996 = 6

You get the picture, and it's these figures that I have in my head every time I get an email like this one - 

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Amazing Effort!
Hello Sue,

Congratulations! You've just earned 170g of a vegetable of your choice to enjoy during the Ration Challenge.

Fresh food can be hard to come by for many refugees. Some might have the space and resources to grow their own small garden, and others might save money to buy fresh vegetables from the market. Because you've worked hard on your fundraising in this challenge, you can add 170g of a vegetable of your choice to your week’s worth of rations.

Our partner in Jordan is improving access to vegetables through their production kitchen programme and the establishment of greenhouses where vegetables are grown based on the needs of the local market. Here, refugees are growing fresh produce like courgette, cucumber, tomato, aubergine, cabbage and cauliflower. Feel free to choose one of these or any other vegetable of your choosing. But remember, you only get 170g, so you'll probably want to pick something that does not weigh much so you can enjoy more volume.

More importantly, you've raised enough to provide a refugee woman in Jordan with the training she needs to start her own business. This incredible gift could be the first step to self-reliance for her family. We can't thank you enough for your great fundraising efforts and for making a huge difference to the lives of refugees.

But why stop here? Now is the time to increase your target. People are more likely to keep donating if you haven't yet reached your goal, and they will want to help you achieve more rewards. Log in now and increase your fundraising target today.

Thank you for standing with refugees.

Carrot on! 🥕

The Ration Challenge Team

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I have to admit I do immediately think 'Yay, another reward earned' but then straight away I check my little list and see what this also means right back at basics ... how much food to keep people alive with their own ration boxes.  The rewards are nice, and yes they really do help to relieve the monotony of a rice based diet but they are not the be all and end all.  If anything the levels just make me want to do better, to provide more for the people that really need it.

Going back to the email, I don't know if I do want to increase my target or not, perhaps I will but I need to think about it.  Anyway it's just a number, the help that between us we are providing is so much more valuable than any number written on a page.


Sue xx

Edit - I meant to add that I have now added a link straight to my Fundraising Page at the top of the righthand sidebar.  It makes it easy for you ... and me ... to get over there to check on my progress and read the messages.  😃


  1. £166, for food for a person for a whole year. That really puts into perspective two things - just how little a refugee will have to live on for a year in order to keep them alive, and how extremely bloody fortunate we are in this country to have so much more than that, indeed almost limitless amounts of money to spend on food - well, in comparison to refugees. Really makes you think and appreciate how lucky we are, doesn't it.

    1. Yes exactly that!! We are so lucky in that we have all the basics and then so much more. Thank you so much for your sponsorship, it means the world. xx

  2. The numbers ,statistics and stories give us a picture of the lives that really needy people have but it's people like you that make the difference. I would find it so hard to do what you are doing, donating is a lot easier for me so I am filled with admiration and also guilt at the amount of money that today I have spent on ready meals and prepared veg and fruit to help nurse us through covid ,at least twice our normal budget, so donating the same amount to you has made me feel better, hopefully next week I can go back to Aldi and sensible shopping ,I count myself privileged to have the freedom, the choice and the opportunity to do this. Thank you Sue. x

    1. Your donation is amazing, thank you so much. To think that your weeks shopping money (although treaty and unusual for you) will feed a refugee for over SEVEN months is so humbling isn't it. THANK YOU and I do hope you are feeling much better today. xx

  3. It actually takes just small amounts from many people to really improve the life of a refugee. Awesome job Sue.

    God bless.

    1. Yes, I agree completely. Thank you so much.

  4. I love the photo of the garden and the potting shed. Well done on undertaking another ration challenge and I’m glad you are getting lots of support from followers and friends. Catriona

    1. My little veggie growing area has come on so well in the last week, it shows what rainy English May weather can do. Unfortunately I won't be able to eat any of my lovely salad leaves during the Challenge ... but I will go out and talk to them and encourage them to keep growing until the following week :-)

      Thank you for your support.

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