Tomorrow I’ll be living on £1 a day for all of my food and drink as part of a global challenge, Live Below the Line, to end extreme poverty.
My brother, Joe, caught malaria while we were living in Malawi, but fortunately he recovered after being given the right treatment. I’m doing this challenge so that other children can also receive life-saving treatment for malaria. No parent should lose their child to a disease that is easy to prevent and costs £1 to treat. Malaria is a leading cause of child deaths and poverty in Africa, but together we can make malaria no more. You can sponsor me by donating to Malaria No More here.
This is all of my food for the week, which cost £4.82.
I bought a bag of pasta for all my lunches, a bag of rice for my dinners, 2 tins of tomatoes, a tin of tuna, a tin of kidney beans, a tin of sweetcorn, and a packet of mushrooms to mix together with the rice and pasta. I also bought a tin of peaches and a pot of natural yoghurt for puddings and a bar of chocolate, and I shall be having a pitta bread for breakfast with a free egg from our chickens. I’ll only be able to drink water as I didn’t have enough money for tea or milk. Unfortunately I couldn’t afford any fresh fruit as they only sell packs of 5 or 6 which cost too much. I think I’ll have plenty to eat, but it will get pretty boring. At least it’s only for 5 days though…
Today I received a messagefromLive Below The Line and the IF campaign, which I supported a few weeks ago. Here is a summary of what they have achieved. Thanks to everyone who supported me with encouragement and money for Malaria No More, my chosen charity.
‘What a 10 days it has been in the fight against extreme poverty.
We began these crucial 10 days with one mission – to make significant progress for the 1 million people around the world who go to bed hungry every night and for the 2 million children who die every year from malnutrition.
We came together as one voice – 200 charities and thousands of campaigners to demand change for the world’s poor. We mobilised 45,000 in Hyde Park, 10,000 in Belfast, inspired 300,000 actions and secured millions of column inches to urge the leaders of the world’s richest countries to take action.
And they did.
$4.1bn in new money to tackle malnutrition: The Nutrition for Growth Summit squarely put the issue of nutrition back on the development agenda and delivered a whopping $4.1bn in additional funding.
Delivered tax transparency in tax havens: a multilateral agreement signed by all overseas territories and crown dependencies to agree to share tax info with the developing world. Driving down tax avoidance that is keeping poor people poor.
British Prime Minister and chair of the G8, David Cameron remarked “The IF Campaign has helped put tackling hunger and issues that drive it – like malnutrition, tax dodging and land grabs – at the centre of the G8 agenda”.
We’ve achieved something remarkable in the past 6 months as part of theEnough Food for Everyone IFcampaign. I want to thank you for your participation and support.
Live Below the Line was a crucial part of this success. Together we raised issues of extreme poverty in our homes, our workplaces and in the media and together we’ve raised nearly £1m for some brilliant causes.’
I’m really proud to have taken part in this cause, and look forward to hearing more about its effects on global policies in the future.
Malaria No More have just published my Real Life Story, on their website here. They asked me to write about why I’m fundraising for them through my Just Giving page, and about my brother who became very ill with malaria.
I’m trying to raise more money for them by taking part in the Live Below The Line challenge next week; all my food and drink must cost £5 or less over 5 days.
Malaria No More have sent me this information about a great challenge which is coming up to raise money for the charity…
“Live Below the Line is back! Between 29 April and 3 May, we will be part of an amazing movement to help tackle malaria and other causes of extreme poverty. Hundreds of people from all walks of life will be Living Below the Line for Malaria No More UK.
The Challenge? To live on £1 for all food and drink for 5 days. Why? Because that’s the reality for the 1.4 billion people who live below the poverty line everyday for everything.
It sounds like a tough challenge, but we and 200 of our supporters and friends took part last year raising vital funds and awareness to help beat malaria. Take a look at this short film clip to see how much fun we had.
Will you join us in 2013?
It’s less than two weeks until Live Below the Line launches for 2013, but it’s not too late to get ahead of the crowd and sign up now.
Malaria is one of the greatest causes of poverty in Africa, but it’s one of the cheapest to end. In fact it costs less than the price of a cup of coffee to treat a child and save their life. You can be a part of making malaria no more by signing up to Live Below the Line this year.”