Taste of reality
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.
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