Sis­ters sur­vive be­low bread line

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By LAURA MCLEAY

Katie-Grace and Lilli Matthews tasted poverty last week eat­ing only mea­gre meals.

With $2.25 each a day to spend on food for five days the sis­ters soon dis­cov­ered what true hunger meant. More than 1.4 bil­lion peo­ple live on about $2.25 ev­ery day for a life­time.

The cam­paign, Live Be­low the Line, chal­lenged New Zealan­ders to take part, rais­ing aware­ness and money for global poverty.

‘‘One in four kids in New Zealand is liv­ing in poverty so we de­cided to take part in this chal­lenge,’’ Katie-Grace said. ‘‘It was hard and we did get pretty hun­gry but it has been eye open­ing.’’

All they ate were rice, baked beans, car­rots, or­anges, ap­ples and pump­kin.

‘‘ I have re­alised how much waste and over pro­duc­tion of food we have,’’ she said. ‘‘When we were mak­ing our pump­kin soup, we even put the pips and the skin in to get the most out of it.’’

Lilli said it had shown her that she could sur­vive on smaller por­tions, de­spite what she first thought. Katie-Grace agreed.

The sis­ters hope to raise more than $500 by the end of Septem­ber to do­nate to the P3 Foun­da­tion which is fo­cused on pros- per­ity, progress and peace. P3 will match ev­ery dol­lar they raise and give it di­rectly to a small vil­lage in Kalimpong, In­dia.

‘‘It only takes $120 to put a kid through school with food and care for all the years they are in school,’’ Katie-Grace said.

Go­ing hun­gry: From left, Lilli and Katie-Grace Matthews lived on just $2.25 a day last week to raise aware­ness and money for poverty.

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