She’s bravely embarked on a quest to live on just $2 a day for five days.
The challenge aims raise awareness of impoverished communities, and to raise money for international charity ‘Live Below the Line’.
“Global poverty statistics are staggering,” says Karen, “with more than a billion people living in extreme poverty. The money raised will be used to help re-build schools, train teachers and provide educational opportunities for people in East Timor.”
So she hit the supermarket last weekend with $10 in hand, to do her weekly shop.
“I bought oats, which it the week’s breakfast, pasta for lunch and I found a pasta sauce on sale for 99 cents, then I made a big lentil stew for the week’s dinner. I opted to use some of my allocated money for garlic, a stock cube and a chilli to give it a bit of flavour. I also bought milk because I need the protein.
“I have allocated it all out into daily allotments, and that is all there is for the day. And there is no budget for coffee or alcohol.”
Karen says by day two she was tired and irritable, but coping well.
“What we are doing is certainly not in line with Australian dietary guidelines,” she says. “But the cause is a most worthy one.”
Anyone wishing to donate can have a look at Karen’s fundraising page:- HERE