Friday 08 May 2015

Students get a taste of living below the line

This year 11 students from Years 8 to 10 have committed to live below the line for one of Australia’s largest youth-run organisations, Oaktree. From Monday 4 to Friday 8 May, students were able to gain an insight into some of the challenges faced by those living in extreme poverty.

The Live Below the Line campaign endeavours to raise awareness about poverty by challenging people to live on the equivalent of extreme poverty line for five days. So far Oaktree have contributed more than $500,000 to assist those in need.

To put this into context $35 can buy school textbooks for 12 children and $100 can buy a child’s school uniform and class materials for three years.

Plenty Campus teacher Angela Burton said, “The students have made significant sacrifices this week and had to plan their meals carefully. It is great to see the School community already getting behind the students by donating what they can.”

So far the students have raised $2,855 and their goal is $2,575, what a fantastic effort!

You can make a donation to this worthy cause here: