Live Below the Line – could you?

Right now, 1.2 billion people around the world live in extreme poverty, and by that, it means they are living on less that £1 a day!

Live Below the Line is an innovative awareness and fundraising campaign that is making a huge difference in the fight against extreme poverty.

They are challenging people to eat and drink on just £1  a day for 5 days, to bring to live the experience of those living in extreme poverty and fundraise for one of 35 different charities whose work is vital to ending extreme poverty.

I have signed up to do this. It’s going to be tough, I’ll be honest! I am used to just going to my cupboards and getting something to eat whenever I feel like it. Not everyone is that fortunate.

But I am passionate about charities and raising awareness for a good cause and I gathered if I can use my voice and my little blog to raise just an ounce of awareness and a few pounds, then I’ll be happy knowing that I have do something to help!

I am raising money for Concern Worldwide (UK). If you would like to donate, then you can do so {here} Or why not join in yourself and become part of my team?

The challenge takes place from April 28th until May 2nd, 2014.

Below is some more information on the challenge and how it works:

The Challenge

The challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to eat and drink on just £1 per day for 5 days.

Live Below the Line really believe that in order to beat poverty, people need to understand what it’s like to be in that situation.

How Does it Work?

For the 5 days of this challenge, you can spend no more than £1 per day on food and drink, meaning you have a total of £5 with which to buy all your ingredients for meals.

  • The full cost of all the items you consume must be included in your budget. This means budgeting for whole packets of food items such as pasta, rice, noodles, eggs etc.
  • For items such as salt, pepper, herbs and spices, simply work out the cost of each item per gram and budget your shopping proportionally.
  • You can share the cost of ingredients amongst a team, as long as no participant spends more than £1 a day of their total £5 budget. Working as a team will allow you to pool together your funds and do more with your cooking.
  • You can’t grab a cheeky snack from the cupboard unless you include the cost of buying the item new in your budget. You can use food sourced from your garden as long as you can account for the cost of production.
  • No combination of meals on any given day can exceed the £1 spending limit.
  • You cannot accept ‘donated’ food from family or friends, but monetary donations towards your fundraising goals are acceptable, and encouraged!
  • Tap water is FREE!

So what do you think? Will you sign up and join me? Or help me in my fundraising journey by donating!

I am not expecting this to be easy, and I may be rather ratty and grouchy due to lack of food – but it’s all for a great cause! I really hope you’ll join me in this!!

You can find more information on the Live Below the Line  Challenge by visiting {here}.