Talk about an extreme challenge, Tough Mudder and Spartan Race have nothing on the Live Below the Line campaign. An annual fundraising event by one of Australia's largest youth-run organisations; Oaktree, it's a tough challenge that requires good planning and creativity. Along the way you might encounter hunger pangs and caffeine withdrawal symptoms, yet it's those very discomforts that'll give you insight into what it feels like to be living in extreme poverty.
The dates are from the 4th to the 8th of May 2015 when Australians are challenged to eat on $2 for 5 days. Funds raised will help support Oaktree's partner organisations, who run local education programs in the Asia-Pacific region. They do this by providing education, scholarships, learning materials and teacher training for hundreds of young men and women.
The first thing you need to do is SIGN UP. If you're done this before, your old account will be linked up to you. Check out the website for more details and I'd say joining the Facebook page would be crucial to keep abreast of updates. JOIN the 'buy below the line' community for lots of tips on how you can survive on $10 over 5 days. Included here is a link to Mother Knows Best as 'Live below the Line' have made mention of budgeting tips on its Facebook page.
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If you don't think you can hack the challenge, there are other ways you can help. You can donate, or if you have a friend doing the challenge or you're looking for participants and teams doing the challenge to support them, CLICK HERE. For tips and tricks to start your own team, check out the website. I reckon that's not a bad thing as a team of people pooling their money together could probably buy a lot more than doing it on your own. The drawback might me that you'll all have to live together to cook and consume the meals together. Hmmm...big pot of lentil soup anyone?
Oaktree the youth-run organisation that's running this campaign would love for you to be involved. They're recruiting at the moment for other passionate young people to join their team. CLICK HERE for current opportunities.
You'd be working with young people leading a movement to end poverty. Australia's largest youth-run organisation with over 150,000 members who have a simple belief that extreme poverty is unacceptable. Help make the changes now for a better world tomorrow.