Archive for May 6th, 2012
Around 1.4 billion people currently live in extreme poverty, around the globe. Raising awareness of this problem and raising funds to combat it is a mammoth task. So, here in the UK, from the 7th to the 11th of May, the Global Poverty Project and Live Below the Line plan to change how ordinary people think about poverty by challenging them to live on the equivalent of the extreme poverty line for 5 days. Participants in the fundraising exercise will be asked to live on just £1 (just over US $1. 60) a day, for the duration of the 5 days – this will cover all food and drink (although, for people in much of the world, shelter, education and health costs would normally also have to be paid out of that amount). Last year more than 1,200 people participated, raising a total of not far off £200,000, and the hope is that even more can be raised this time. Celebrities supporting this year’s project include Bonnie Wright and Hugh Jackman.