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My Live Below the Line Challenge: the (Rules) Spicy Extras


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We’ve had the what, why & who posts, welcome to the ‘how’, the Spicy Extras. My self-imposed rules & guidelines to add a little flavour to my Live Below the Line challenge.

The challenge is to feed yourself on $2.25 a day for 5 days ($11.25), to raise funds & awareness for those who live in extreme poverty.

The Spicy Extras…

Food

No freebies – no “thanks for the shout bro”, no free stuff, no work provided meals.

One Supermarket – those that live in extreme poverty can’t bounce from place to place chasing specials. Oh, and it has to be within walking distance, because if you’re living off $2.25 a day you don’t have a car, which leads nicely to…

The Car

I make roughly 2.5 trips a day, a trip being, home to work/gym/shops/friends & back. Those that live in poverty don’t have their own car. So I’m going to go car free…

well try to.

Of all the goals this is the one that will be hardest. So if on average I’d take 12.5 trips over a 5 day period, I will consider 2 trips a success.

Technology

There is a lot of stuff I have which those that live in poverty don’t. So I’m going to go without them *. With my daily blog update being the exception, there will be no internet, no phone, no TV, no Facebook, no movies, no computer, no gaming, no music… should be a fun week 😐

* exceptions being where they are required for work.

Day One begins I’m off to shop, but I’m just taking $10, I have something a little different planned for Friday 😉

You can follow my fund-raising progress here.

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My Live Below the Line Challenge: what & why


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So I’m doing the Live Below the Line Challenge but I’m going to try spice it up a bit (more to come).

The challenge is to feed yourself on $2.25 (aprx $1.80 US, $1.35 EUR) a day for 5 days, in an effort to raise money, awareness & to give me a little insight into the lives of the Billion-plus people who live below the extreme poverty line ($2.25) every day… and that $2.25, it covers everything for them, not just food.

Now I’ve had a half hearted attempt at this before (which prompted this reflection) & in a moment of weakness brought a bottle of Powerade for a game of basketball and blew out my budget.

So this time I know I’ll need a plan, I’ll need to scout out the supermarket, I’ll need some rules & some people to keep me accountable.

You can sponsor me here if you feel inclined, otherwise I encourage you to join in yourself or feel free to hang around as I blog this brief journey.

Why am I doing this?

Partly to get a little more insight into the lives of others, partly to gain a greater appreciation for what I have. But mostly because I believe that with all the wealth, technology & resources we have available world, that it’s criminal that people die because of poverty.

I often wonder – when looking back at our history – how Christians (others as well) stood so idly by during the civil rights movement & apartheid era, and advocated for, or remained silent against a clearly oppressive & inhumane way of treating people.

I often find myself thinking, “how can you even call yourself a follower of Jesus?”

Harsh, I know.

That’s the beauty of hindsight.

We can see something so clearly looking back, that we can’t when we are immersed in it or it is the acceptable norm. Which makes me wonder what they’ll say about us in the future…

Poverty – an accepted norm.

In 50 years time will the Christians of the future look back and question us? Will they say, “I can’t believe you had so much & did so little…”

This is why I’m doing the challenge, if nothing else it may change my heart & attitude a little. Hopefully it makes a small difference in some one else’s life.

With all the wealth, technology & resources we have available in the world it’s criminal that people die of poverty… one of the consequences of extreme poverty is Human Trafficking, the average victim is a 12yr old girl, that’s seriously messed up. So please please please donate as i go without coffee, chocolate, junk food & all things nice in an attempt to make a small difference in someone else’s life. – See more at: https://www.livebelowtheline.com/me/nzkiwi41#sthash.ghvwL7sT.dpuf
With all the wealth, technology & resources we have available in the world it’s criminal that people die of poverty… one of the consequences of extreme poverty is Human Trafficking, the average victim is a 12yr old girl, that’s seriously messed up. So please please please donate as i go without coffee, chocolate, junk food & all things nice in an attempt to make a small difference in someone else’s life. – See more at: https://www.livebelowtheline.com/me/nzkiwi41#sthash.ghvwL7sT.dpuf