Monday, 28 April 2014

Local councillor to 'live below the line'

District Councillor for Thringstone, Leon Spence, is this week taking part in 'live below the line' - an international project to raise awareness of extreme poverty.

The campaign, which supports charities including Unicef, Save the Children and Oxfam, challenges people from western countries to eat and drink for 5 days on a budget of just £1 a day - the internationally accepted 'Extreme Poverty Line'.

It's calculated that currently 1.2 billion people around the world, around 20 times the population of the UK, live in extreme poverty.

Leon said 'I'm really lucky. Taking part in 'live below the line' is something I can do but be safe in the knowledge that I've got a roof over my head and something to fall back on. Hopefully it will help me to better understand some of the discomfort millions of people around the world go through on a daily basis without having that backup.

'For many £1 a day has to pay not only for food and drink but everything else as well. For most people in this country making the conscious decision to live 'in poverty' is a discomfort with a clear end date, it's not the lifelong predicament millions see themselves in with hope of escape.

'The aim of the project is very much to raise awareness but also funds. If anyone would like to know more then they can check out, it's not too late.'

Further information about 'live below the line', or to sign up, can be found by going to

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