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Ration challenge for Newlands woman By Glenise Dreaver Nick y Sub ono by the quiet waters of Wellington’s waterfront, which provide a dramatic contrast to the horrific sea journeys made by Syrian refugees fleeing to freedom. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver

as a teacher aide for refugees, mainly from Afghanistan. She therefore knows well the deprivations refugees suffer. “Each day, I heard their stories and the journey they took as they fled from the war. One reason I am doing this is because I understand the number of refugees waiting to be placed in a new country,” she says. “And I never realised how grateful I should be to have a roof over my head, food on the table, surrounded by family and even a warm blanket.

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“There are children and adults on the other side of the world desperate for such important necessities.” That’s why, she says, she wants to do more to help and encourage others to join in this journey. The Oxfam-Ration Challenge money will provide Syrian refugees with food, medicine and education.

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In preparation for this year’s Refugee Week (June 17-24) Nicky Subono of Newlands will live on the same rations as a Syrian refugee for a week. She says this is to raise money for, and awareness of, the plight of refugees around the world. “It is part of the Ration Challenge,” she says. Ration Challenge and Oxfam New Zealand have, she says, come together in the organising of this event. Nicky, who grew up in Wellington and went to Onslow College, is an Indonesian Kiwi Muslim whose challenge occurs during the last week of Ramadhan, a month of fasting for Muslims. As she looks at the tiny package of food, she looks dubiously at the small packages of rice and red lentils and says she is dreading what is to come. “A few of the ingredients are new to me and I don’t know how to cook them.” That’s because Nicky lived for eight years in Indonesia, where their family had a maid and a cook. “I feel it is our duty to help others who are less fortunate. In such a big city, there are those who are in need of a job to help them provide the necessities of life.” While she has trained and done some work as a public relations consultant there, she also worked

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