Leeds: Trio to live on a £1 a day for a week

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CHRISTIAN anti-poverty campaigners plan to experience the life of the poor by surviving for five days on just £1 a day in Leeds.

From today until the end of the week Laura Cooke, Sarah Rowe and Chris Gauntley will be taking part in Live Below the Line, a new campaign run by the Global Poverty Project.

The campaign is being fronted by actor Hugh Jackman and aims to recruit 5,000 people across the UK to take up the challenge of spending just £5 in 5 days on all their food and drink.

At the same time they will raise money to help some of the world’s poorest people through Christian Aid.

Laura, Sarah and Chris have seen for themselves the reality of extreme poverty after visiting to Cambodia, Kenya and Peru respectively.

They want to highlight the daily struggle of the 1.4 billion people who live below the poverty line, surviving on just £1 a day to cover all their living expenses.

Laura Cooke said: “Trying to Live Below the Line for Christian Aid will be a challenge, but that’s the point of it.

“I met people in Cambodia last year, who have to live on £1 a day for everything, we’re just budgeting for food and drink.

“This is a way of taking one small step towards understanding what 1.4 billion people go through each day, and of raising money to enable Christian Aid to start ending such extreme poverty.”

The Global Poverty Project has joined forces with Christian Aid to raise money towards their work to end extreme poverty in the developing world.

To take part in Live Below the Line people can register at www.livebelowtheline.org.uk/christianaid where they can set up their own fundraising page, share their story and check out recipe tips.

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