HUNGRY TO HELP: This is all that Laura Neagle is able to eat while she is undertaking the Act For Peace Ration Challenge, raising money for refugees fleeing conflict in Burma.
HUNGRY TO HELP: This is all that Laura Neagle is able to eat while she is undertaking the Act For Peace Ration Challenge, raising money for refugees fleeing conflict in Burma. Rachael Conaghan Rokrration

Laura is hungry for a week in order to help the Burmese

MOST people nowadays would struggle being forced to live on rations for a week, let alone months at a time.

But that's the reality for thousands of people around the world who are living in refugee camps while fleeing persecution and war - and it'll be the reality for Rockhampton's Laura Neagle this week too.

Laura is spending the week living off basic rations for the Act For Peace charity, which is currently fundraising for refugees in Burma.

Burma has been through decades of conflict, leading hundreds of thousands of residents to flee to refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border.

Without any official way to earn a living, they have to rely on food rations to survive, but the ones they are issued are very limited.

"I've been pretty passionate about charity work for a long time," Laura said. "After doing some research, I thought this was a great cause… it gave me an opportunity to get on board."

To last the week, Laura has been given 280g of split peas, 125ml of vegetable oil, 250g of flour, 40g of salt, 185g of tuna and 3.5kg of rice.

"They pretty much eat exactly the same rations that we're given in our pack, which is not much at all for a whole week," she said.

"It just blows your mind, and you just become super grateful and super aware of what we have."

Laura's roommate previously travelled to Cambodia to do charity work, and Laura hopes to do something similar.

In the meantime she's hoping to raise as much as she can through this challenge. People can donate at rationchallenge.everydayhero.com/au/laura-5.



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