The Live Below The Line five-day challenge officially began this week on the 22nd of August, urging participants to reduce their food budget below the international poverty line of $2.25 a day.
“They will do all of this because whilst they choose to struggle to Live Below the Line for one week, there are 1.4 billion people who have no choice other than to do it every day,” says Global Poverty Project New Zealand director, Will Watterson. “That is over 300 times the population of New Zealand living every day to live in the most abject poverty.”
Participants receive their own webpage to manage donations received online and in person. As of today, 264 participants have raised $70,247.62 for New Zealand poverty alleviation organisations.
The five supporting New Zealand organisations include Global Poverty Project, P3 Foundation, Volunteer Service Abroad, Christian World Service, and Oxfam.
Live Below The Line first started in Australia in 2010, and raised AUD$1.4 Million earlier this year.
Interested persons can donate or register online at www.livebelowtheline.co.nz.
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