Could you sur­vive on just £1 a day?

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By MATTHEW REVILLE matthew.reville@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @ET_REVILLE

A YOUNG Chris­tian with a sweet tooth gave up all things rich and savoury when she cut her­self down to a daily diet of what she could buy for £1 per day to raise aware­ness about poverty.

Sarah Croft, from Yax­ley, swapped a packed lunch for a slice of bread for the Live Be­low The Line cam­paign ear­lier this month.

It is es­ti­mated that 1.4 bil­lion peo­ple a year have a daily food bud­get of less than £1, and the event was or­gan­ised to raise aware­ness of their plight.

She took part in the Live Be­low the Line cam­paign be­tween April 30 and May 4, which meant she only had £1 per day to spend on food and drink.

Sarah (22), who is do­ing a paid in­tern­ship with Chris­tian Aid, in Gravel Walk, Peter­bor­ough, had the same three ‘meals’ ev­ery day for the whole week.

For break­fast she had no more than a boiled egg with plain toast for break­fast; for lunch she had one slice of bread; and for tea it was the cheap­est value pasta from the su­per­mar­ket.

She ac­tu­ally spent an av­er­age of 99 pence per day af­ter her to­tal shop­ping bill for the year came to £4.95.

Sarah said: “It was a lot harder than I thought it would be and it is sur­pris­ing how quickly it im­pacts you.

“I have a sweet tooth and I’m used to hav­ing a few snacks through the day, so I be­came re­ally sleepy and quite grumpy dur­ing the week.

“It also af­fected my con­cen­tra­tion and made me feel light-headed.

“It made me re­ally think about how not get­ting the right amount of nu­tri­tion makes you feel.

“It be­comes the only thing on your mind and that ex­plains why peo­ple who live in poverty don’t think about things like their rights. Hunger takes over your mind.”

Peo­ple from first world coun­tries were urged to take part in the Live Be­low The Line chal­lenge at the be­gin­ning of the month.

Sarah was in­spired to join them af­ter see­ing poverty first hand when she went to Sierra Leone as part of her in­tern­ship with Chris­tian Aid.

She went to the town of Gbap, where Chris­tian Aid’s part­ners have set up a food pro­duc­tion group that pro­vides seeds and tools.

The £300 Sarah raised dur­ing her £1 a day eat­ing chal­lenge will go to sim­i­lar Chris­tian Aid af­fil­i­ated projects.

Chris­tian Aid is a re­li­gious pres­sure group whose mis­sion state­ment is to bring an end to poverty around the world by tack­ling its root causes as well as its ef­fects.

Mandy Loveder, re­gional man­ager Chris­tian Aid for the East of Eng­land, said: “She wanted to raise some money and came to us with this idea.

“We have had a pre­vi­ous in­tern do­ing the same thing last year, so I think that in­spired Sarah.

“If you saw what she ate ev­ery day it would frighten you.

“The trou­ble she had was a lack of sugar and I think that made her very tired.

“But it’s im­por­tant to raise aware­ness about what’s go­ing on around the world and I think Sarah has helped to do that.”

In to­tal, this year’s Live Be­low The Line cam­paign has raised £335,231.

To learn more about the project, visit www.live­be­lowthe­line.com/uk

BA­SIC DIET: Sarah Croft raised £300 for Chris­tian Aid by tak­ing part in the Live Be­low The Line cam­paign. METP-21-05-12RH4

Picture: ROW­LAND HOB­SON

IN­SPI­RA­TION: Sarah pic­tured dur­ing her re­cent visit to Sierra Leone.

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