Farihah's challenge is no bean feat
Star Supporter Farihah Choudhury shares her fundraising story.
Apr 15 2019
Access to a full and varied diet is essential to a healthy lifestyle and something many of us take for granted. However, 1 in 9 people around the world suffer from hunger and malnutrition. This month’s Star Supporter, Farihah Choudhury, believes that everyone should have the right to eat well. So, she set herself the target of surviving on a diet of just water, rice, oats and beans for a week to highlight this message, whilst raising vital funds for our work. Passionate about nutrition and public health, Farihah worked hard to publicise her week-long challenge online and raised an impressive £249 to go towards our work. We got in touch to discover what inspired her to take on the challenge and find out how she got on.
Why did you decide to support Action Against Hunger?
Action Against Hunger has done brilliant work all over the world, placing their efforts in places that need it the most. Not only is their work impactful but their teams and volunteers are a pleasure to work with. They are brilliant with campaigning and really visible. As my interests lie within public health and nutrition, I believe everyone has the right to eat well, and Action Against Hunger do everything in their power to allow this to happen.
How did you find the challenge?
It was incredibly tough. I did not manage to discipline myself nearly as well as I would have wished to. The oats cooked in water for breakfast was horrible, the lunch and dinner were OK but I struggled with the small portion sizes as I became hungry quickly.
Did you learn anything from your challenge?
I learned that I require a lot of fuel to keep me going despite being very small! I also learned that I am so lucky to be able to eat a variety of foods. Taking away this element of my diet really put into perspective how sometimes food is about survival not pleasure.
What was your favourite thing about fundraising?
Receiving kind donations from unexpected people. It goes to show that even people who you are not necessarily close to can be moved to action when it is for a good cause.
What would you say to anyone thinking about fundraising for Action Against Hunger?
Do it – you won’t regret it! There are so many ways you can help out – small and big fundraising challenges, working at events or doing social media campaigns. There is something for everyone and Action Against Hunger is a very worthy charity to fundraise for.
Thank you for raising awareness of issues surrounding hunger, malnutrition and a limited diet Farihah - we really appreciate your dedicated support!
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