PLC students try to live on $2 a day in Live Below the Line campaign

Giorgi Devereux (left) and Olivia Tan were two of 35 PLC students who took part in the Oaktree Foundation's Live Below the Line challenge, shining a light on the 1.3 billion people living in extreme poverty.
Giorgi Devereux (left) and Olivia Tan were two of 35 PLC students who took part in the Oaktree Foundation's Live Below the Line challenge, shining a light on the 1.3 billion people living in extreme poverty.

IT seems impossible, but Presbyterian Ladies’ College students fed themselves using the amount of money spent on an average chocolate bar as part of a youth movement to end poverty.

Oaktree’s Live Below the Line campaign challenged participants to eat no more than $2 worth of food a day in a bid to shine a light on the 1.3 billion people globally living in extreme poverty.

Year 11 student Giorgi Devereux said her three-day experience was eye opening.

“We haven’t gone hungry but it has been a challenge to be more mindful about what you’re eating and making sure we’re getting enough nutrition while only eating basic foods,” she said.

“It has also made us more aware of how much food costs and the fact that normally you might buy a chocolate bar for $2 but for some people that $2 is all they have to spend on food in a whole day.”

PLC provided lunchtime rice for the 35 students participating, but the group was forced to plan ahead at home to ensure they did not eclipse their daily allotted amount.

The school raised $1900 during the challenge, with that to be donated to Oaktree.

Donations can be made at www.livebelowtheline.com.au/fundraisers/theplcteam.