A pound a day for global poverty

Katrina Shalley
Katrina Shalley

When Katrina Shalley decided she wanted to raise awareness of global poverty she wasn’t content with just signing a petition.

Instead, the Moodiesburn resident vowed to experience for herself what it would be like to be one of the one-in-six people around the world who live under the poverty line.

Last week Katrina took on the ‘Live Below The Line’ challenge, living for five days spending only £1 each day on food - the UK equivalent of the international extreme poverty line.

She was joined by thousands of other people, across the country and internationally, taking the challenge.

And in the process she’s been raising cash for charity Concern Worldwide - to help fund the work they do to tackle global hunger.

Speaking before the challenge Katrina said: “I wanted to have a taste of what it must be like to live on £1 a day.

“I’m feeling very excited but already I’m realising how hard it must be for the millions of people who struggle to feed themselves on a daily basis, which is very upsetting.”

For a mere £4.66 she managed to buy food for the week, which included vegetables, beans, rice and porridge, but other staples like bread meat and coffee were too expensive.

She was even forced to buy tinned potatoes as the fresh ones would have blown her budget.

Blogging about the week, which featured many meals made up of just soup or porridge, Katrina said: “The main thing that struck me all week was the lack of choice, flavour and the colour green.

“I have lost weight, don’t have a lot of energy and I don’t think I will have beige vegetable soup again ever.

“Then I remember it was only for five days and how fortunate I am to live where I live and to be able to afford to choose the food I want to eat.”

Rose Caldwell, Executive Director of Concern Worldwide, said “It’s wrong that over one billion people in the world live on less than £1 a day.

“By taking part in Live Below the Line Katrina is helping us to work towards a world where everyone can live a life free from hunger.”

As the Herald went to press, Katrina had already raised over £400 for Concern Worldwide.

If you would like to make a donation, or find out more, just go to www.livebelowtheline.com/me/kshalley