17 June 2010

Live Below The Line

By Rachel Muraca - Customer Service

Text & images taken from 'Live Below The Line'.

There’s not much you can do with $2. In fact, you can’t even buy a beer, a burger, or a bus ticket. Shockingly, the 1.4 billion people currently living below the Extreme Poverty Line survive on this small amount every day.

Internationally, the Extreme Poverty Line is defined as US$1.25 a day – the equivalent of $2 in Australia. 1.4 billion people in our world live below this line – lacking the basic choices and opportunities that most Australians take for granted.

From the 2nd – 6th August, we invite you to Live Below the Line - to live on less than AU$2 of food per day. For five days in August you will experience one of the basic challenges faced daily by those living in extreme poverty – struggling to obtain the basic food requirements each day. You will sacrifice the things you take for granted… Your resourcefulness will be put to the test… But it will become one of the most rewarding weeks of your life.

By living on $2 of food a day, you’ll help Australians understand the obstacles faced by those currently living in extreme poverty. Your involvement will not only be enlightening to yourself. It will engage your friends and family to be challenged by some of the realities of extreme poverty.

Take the challenge from 2nd-6th August, and raise money for life-changing education programs.

Your support can help the following projects that are working towards a world without poverty:

Poverty Education Program in Australian schools

The Global Poverty Project is igniting a grassroots movement to improve the lives of 1.4 billion people. We’re delivering our feature presentation 1.4 Billion Reasons at schools around the nation, to give Australian students the knowledge and resources they need to become leaders in the movement to end extreme poverty. By inspiring thousands of students around the country we will build a movement of poverty advocates and leaders – and make a world without extreme poverty, a reality.

Life changing educational opportunities in Papua New Guinea, South Africa, East Timor

The Oaktree Foundation are fundraising for communities like Yangis, in Papua New Guinea, where children and young people are getting access to vital educational opportunities for the first time. Fifteen years ago, the community school in Yangis shut down because of difficulties retaining government teachers. For a whole generation, children and young people haven’t had the opportunity to go to school.
Sign up to help train teachers, refurbish school buildings, get great teaching resources and provide everything necessary to give kids in developing countries an incredible education.

Visit Live Below The Line for more information or to join this wonderful cause.


  1. Thanks Rachel - how can we link the campaign in with the Body Shop more - I think it is a great link :)

  2. I'm going to be taking part - I can't wait!

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