Young Aussies to live on $2 a day for good cause
Young Aussies to live on $2 a day for good cause

Thousands of young Australians will this month try to live on just $2 a day - on par with the international extreme poverty line.

They have made the choice to live on a Third World budget to raise money for the 1.4 billion people around the world for whom poverty is not a choice.

Organised by youth groups The Oaktree Foundation and The Global Poverty Project, the Live Below the Line campaign is a unusual initiative which encourages people to take up the challenge of living below the poverty line for five days and have their friends and family sponsor them.

Twenty-year-old university student Kathryn Richards became involved with the campaign after a recent trip to Zambia.

"I have grown up with a supportive family and never really had to struggle for money. Being in Africa made me realise how many things we take for granted here."

With a budget of $10 to feed her for five days, Ms Richards has bought 1kg of rice, two cans of beans, a can of soup, a can of sliced peaches, 600ml of milk and five carrots.

"The usual reaction was that $2 would go a lot further overseas - but I was shocked to learn that living in extreme poverty meant the equivalent of me living on $2, in Australia, buying Australian goods," she said.

To participate or donate, visit www.livebelowtheline.com.au .

The West Australian

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