Taste of re­al­ity

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

LO­CAL lec­turer Joe Mor­ris­sey is de­ter­mined to serve up the harsh re­al­ity of world poverty . . . one plate at a time.

Din­ers at The Club at James Cook Univer­sity sat di­vided yes­ter­day to rep­re­sent the world as a vil­lage of 100 peo­ple.

The School of Nurs­ing se­nior lec­turer un­veiled the in­au­gu­ral Lot­tery of Birth Lunch as part of World Har­mony Day.

The par­tic­i­pants were each served a por­tion of f ood rep­re­sent­ing t heir stand­ing on the world fi­nan­cial scale rang­ing from a-la-carte din­ing served by a waiter to a bowl of rice and a bucket of wa­ter served on the floor.

Mr Mor­ris­sey said the pro­ject was de­signed to draw at­ten­tion to a hunger cri­sis hap­pen­ing across the world. ‘‘ Imag­ine the world as a vil­lage of 100 peo­ple,’’ he said. ‘‘ Nearly half of the peo­ple in the vil­lage would have lim­ited ac­cess to ad­e­quate food and wa­ter, with five of the peo­ple con­trol­ling most of the vil­lage’s wealth.

‘‘ To rep­re­sent the lot­tery of birth and how where you are born will im­pact your level of af­flu­ence, the meals at the lunch are al­lo­cated at ran­dom.’’ The lun­cheon was ex­pected to raise about $ 5000 for UNICEF while pro­mot­ing the need for fi­nan­cial equal­ity across the globe.

Photo: TROY RODGERS

LIFE LES­SON: Ra­dio per­son­al­ity Steve Price com­pares his plain rice with the gourmet feast from Michel’s restau­rant pre­sented to stu­dent Sinead Downes as part of World Har­mony Day

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