If there is one thing I believe, it’s that everyone deserves access to good food. No matter what their life circumstances, their religion, their country, or what they have done, good food is essential.
Good nutrition, and good food, means that a person is capable of achieving their full potential. They can be the best person possible.
Have you ever been really, really hungry? Were you functioning your best, or were you struggling to function? Maybe you just felt like sleeping all day? If you’re anything like me, you’d be fuzzy brained, grumpy, and unable to do what you needed to do. Because good food in good levels is needed to support every function in the body.
Right now, there are thousands of refugees trapped on a tiny island in Greece. Some are literally starving. Some are only getting access to protein every few days. There are even some that are sacrificing their own health to feed their children.
These people are not people who can achieve their full potential, even if they had the chance. In fact, they are barely surviving.
That is why I am joining a highly skilled team, and traveling to the tiny island of Lesvos in early 2017. We aim to address the crippling level of malnutrition experienced in the refugee camps, as well as offering general emotional support to those who need us.
This is an opportunity to use my skills and my beliefs, so that I can truly provide access to good food to those who need it the most.
Not everyone is lucky enough to have the skills, the inner strength, or the flexibility to undergo this type of task. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t help. In fact, your help could make all the difference.
We are paying for everything out of our own pockets – flights, accommodation, supplies, insurance, the whole kit and caboodle. But if we can raise some extra funds, we can make a much bigger impact.
With the extra money we raise, we can grow more fruit and vegetables, supply new mothers with protein powder supplements, and spend more time checking for nutrient deficiencies and monitoring health status of the refugees. Basically, we can make sure they can access good food.
So how can you help? There’s a few ways.
- You can donate directly to the cause. This is the easiest way to help us out. Even $3, less than a cup of coffee, can help fill an empty tummy.
- Not able to spare a few dollars? Don’t count yourself out just yet. Hit share, and let your friends see this cause – you never know who might be able to help.
- Want to help share the stories of these people? Keep your eye on my Facebook page – I will be sharing my experiences through the page, giving you the real insights into the situation.
- Work for or run a small Australian health company? We’ve started to accept donations of goodies that we can use as a giveaway for our donors. Already names such as VegieHead, Feel Good Food Packs and kkao.co are on board – will you join them? Shoot me an email.
- Thought of your own way to help? Give me a yell, and I’ll let you know if it works for us!
Keep your eyes peeled for the announcement of the prizes you could win as a donor – it doesn’t matter if you donate $3, $30 or $300. There are even some prizes for overseas donors, so don’t think you miss out just because you’re not in Australia!
Remember: These people are not faceless strangers who put themselves in a silly situation. They are mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, sisters and brothers, who could not live in fear and terror every day anymore.
They have experience, dreams, beliefs and passions, and they have every right to work towards those dreams just like you or I do. And they have the right to eat good food.
Finally, thank you to the team at I AM YOU for the images used, and for all that you do.