Bishop Duckworth accepts the Challenge to Live Below the Line

The Anglican Bishop of Wellington, Justin Duckworth, has taken TEAR Fund’s dare to live on just $2.25 a day for all his food and drink for five days, 24 to 28 September.

“In today’s world, I believe extreme poverty and inequality are unjustifiable and unfair, and that’s why I am taking part. Live Below the Line demonstrates the problem in a concrete way, while raising money to address the problem,” said Bishop Duckworth.

“As a family, we took part last year, and it was amazing how much time we spent thinking about food. It made us realise how much we take our abundance of food for granted. Because Live Below the Line is over five days, it connects us in solidarity with the poor. It is no easy task as you wrestle with what you are going to put on the plate every day. It is humbling to realise that this is the daily reality for more than 1.4bn people in our world living in extreme poverty.”

Live Below the Line is an initiative of the Global Poverty Project, an education and campaigning organisation whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of people taking action against extreme poverty.

In 2012, Live Below the Line is running in New Zealand, the UK, Australia and the USA, with more than 20,000 people spending 5 days living below the line.

Last year, Global Poverty Project’s Live Below the Line was held in NZ for the first time.


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