Amelia Towle

Go Without Challenge

I'M FUNDRAISING FOR all those who struggle in crises

One in three Australians will face a disaster or major emergency in their lives.
I am taking part in the Go Without Challenge and will be going without five essentials that people don’t have access to in a disaster.

Will you sponsor me? I’m fundraising for many people across Australia and the Asia-Pacific going through tough times – from those dealing with social isolation, to newly arrived refugee families seeking safety and communities recovering from a difficult last year. Thank you for your support!

My Updates

Eating in the dark

Friday 25th Sep
I'll admit, I was excited about this challenge, but perhaps in the misguided way that I got excited the first time I did a "juice cleanse". The excitement is for the challenge, the hard part, maybe because we think it'll be fine and we'll breeze right through it, but it ends up being more work than we thought. 
Our $200 budget for this week, which I thought would be more than plenty, was suddenly so small after yesterday's grocery shop, which put us at $196 spent. Dylan, my fiance, who is doing this with me, will not be able to get lunch with his coworkers while out at work today. I am eating a can of pear slices for breakfast, with my water. I have some dried banana chips and a can of mango slices for lunch, or a pouch of instant soup, if I'm feeling like something warm. As a Melbournian, the abstaining from coffee, delicious beautiful coffee, though healthy, has been hard. Trying to make dinner in the dark with torches last night was hard. Trying to do a puzzle by candlelight was hard. Driving to work in the rain just to sit in a virtually empty office by myself in the dark with my canned food, is hard. I never questioned or doubted the difficulties of being in an emergency, but it is different when you do it yourself. When you do it not just for a week, but for months.....with cold, with extreme heat, with bushfire smoke, with no vehicle, with starving livestock, with children to look after, with no job, with no home....it takes a toll. 

No more coffee

Tuesday 22nd Sep
Day 2 of challenge, and today is the start of "only drink water". it's only 11am, and I'll be honest, I'm struggling. I've been up since 6, and telling my local cafe "just the croissant, thanks, no coffee this week" was a very privileged problem, but also felt very sad. The barista did commend me for what I was doing, but it was hard seeing and smelling the coffee so close without having any. Luckily my coworker in the next room only drinks Pepsi max, so i'm not tempted by someone else's coffee :D
Thanks for the support, everyone! I'm a little worried about the no-lights from tomorrow....

My Supporters

$30

Anonymous

Well done!

$20

Andrew Flynn

Good luck this week!!! The chilly nights must have hurt but you are doing it for the right reasons.

$50

Shawna Bear

you're amazing. thanks for bringing attention to the work the red cross does and the hardship that people go through.

$50

Kathy Meikle

Good on you Amelia

$35

Ashley Reynolds

$20

David Ng

Awesome job Amelia!

$5

Tony Pham

$50

Michael Robinson

Better you than me

$30

David And Sara

Good luck, Amelia :)

$10

Felicity Young

$30

Jadie Hunter

Awesome work, Amelia

$30

Taryn Stanley

$80

Kath Cooney

Goodonya Amelia!

$80

Janine Molgaard

Way to go Amelia and all your team. Keep up the good work.

$100

Jayne Craig

Well done Amelia - a great cause

$30

Karen Woo

A very worthwhile cause, good on you Amelia!

$40

Anonymous

$30

Amanda A

Well done Amelia!

$50

Jim Davison

Hope you survive ok without the hot showers!!

$20

Beth Stapleton

Good on you Amelia!

$100

Ted G Towle

$30

Gabby Toth

Well done lovely Amelia.

$30

Mcdougall

Bravo Amelia

$100

Amelia Towle

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