A Woodthorpe man is gearing up to take part in a gruelling ration challenge in awareness of refugees.
Michael Speirs will take part in the Ration Challenge next week to raise awareness of the plight of refugees and to raise funds for the charity, Concern.
For the challenge Mr Speirs will live off the same rations as a Syrian refugee for one week.
All money raised will go towards funding emergency food, hygiene kits and lifesaving support for refugees and other vulnerable communities who have been hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic.
The 26-year-old told Gedling Eye : “I decided to do this challenge to help raise money for refugees as they have been badly affected by Covid-19. Coronavirus has hit us all hard but none more so than those in refugee camps, with many starving to death.
“I loved the idea of getting involved in this challenge and hopefully doing my bit to help out. I like doing challenges to help out charities to raise as much as I can. I’ve raised money for Cancer Research and the RSPCA previously and next year ill be doing a 80-mile walk to raise money for a mental health charity.”
From Monday, Michael will drink only water and eat just 420g of rice, 170g of lentils, 85g of dried chickpeas, 400g of tinned kidney beans, 330ml of vegetable oil. 120g of tofu (instead of sardines), 1.5kg of rice, 400g of flour and a spice of his choice.
To donate to Michael’s fundraiser visit https://www.rationchallenge.org.uk/michael-speirs/