Stu­dents set to walk the line

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

AF­TER tak­ing part in Oak­tree’s Live Be­low the Line fundraiser last year, Pres­by­te­rian Ladies Col­lege stu­dent Emily Ford knows how dif­fi­cult the chal­lenge can be.

The an­nual fundrais­ing cam­paign for youth-run or­gan­i­sa­tion Oak­tree is usu­ally held from May 4 to 8, but stu­dents and staff from PLC post­poned their fundrais­ing un­til af­ter the exam pe­riod.

At least 29 stu­dents and staff will eat on $2 a day for five days – the Aus­tralian equiv­a­lent of the ex­treme poverty line.

Year 11 stu­dent Emily said that the hard­est part of the chal­lenge was eat­ing the same food ev­ery day, which can be­come very bor­ing. “I found it dif­fi­cult at first,” Emily said. “I didn’t re­alise how much you have to plan.

“Now I’m stress­ing the im­por­tance of plan­ning to ev­ery­one this year.”

Year 11 stu­dent Madeleine Wool­gar said she did not think she would be able to do it last year but this year she was tak­ing on the chal­lenge.

“My fam­ily is tak­ing part in it too,” Madeleine said.

“We will prob­a­bly be eat­ing por­ridge and rice and pota­toes. “You can’t re­ally af­ford fruit.” Stu­dents and staff will be eat­ing be­low the line from June 2 to 5.

Pic­ture: Mar­cus Whisson­mu­ni­ d438380

Pres­by­te­rian Ladies Col­lege Year 11 stu­dents El­iza Perkins and Emily Ford.

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