Experiencing life on $2 a day

Written By miftah nugraha on Jumat, 03 Mei 2013 | 19.55

Molly Port, left, Robert Hortle and Ian Kam dining out on the pontoon at Long Beach, Sandy Bay, yesterday for Live Below the Line. Picture: SAM ROSEWARNE

NOT many people would brave a quick dip in the River Derwent in 13C, but that did not stop three young Tasmanians from doing just that yesterday at Sandy Bay.

With a table and chairs in tow, the anti-poverty campaigners swam out to the Long Beach pontoon for a humble meal of bread, jam and juice.

Raising awareness for the Live Below the Line campaign, which starts next week, the Oaktree Foundation's state director Robert Hortle invited everyone to take on the challenge of living off $2 a day for five days.

"Live Below the Line is a fresh and impactful way of understanding extreme poverty," he said. "It's all about changing perspectives and empowering people living in poverty to escape the poverty cycle.

"I've been Tasmanian director of the Oaktree Foundation for nearly two years now so this is a campaign that's really close to my heart. I'm with Oaktree because we focus on educating young people in some of the world's poorest countries, which also happen to be near Australia."

More than 400 Tasmanians have signed up for the challenge and all money raised by donations from participants' friends and family will go towards education projects in East Timor, Papua New Guinea and Cambodia.

To get involved, visit www.livebelowtheline.com.au

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