In this post Sabrina reflects on her Live Below the Line experience.
The reason I decided to take part in this challenge is because I believe it is possible to end extreme poverty so that no one has to go to bed hungry. But to make a real change to poverty, we first need to understand it. The best way to understand it is it experience it for ourselves. Live Below The Line gives us this opportunity. We are all very knowlegable about global poverty. We recognise it when we see it, and we sympathise with those suffering at its hands. But only by experiecning it for ourselves can we gain real empathy.
There are not many campaigns out there that allow you to really understand the realities of extreme poverty at an emotional level. That is what is so powerful about this campaign. It allows people to really engage with the issue of global poverty and encourages them to create a long term commitment to the cause.
I undertook the challenge from the 5th-11th March because I wanted to encourage other people to take part in the challenge in May. However, I realised that many people who wanted to take part were unsure how to go about it. By doing the challenge early I was able to show people not only that it can be done, but how it can be done.
I anticiapted that it was going to be a challenge. What I didn’t anticipate, however, was how much it was going to change the way I think about food so drastically.