Volume 1, Issue 10 (Originally Published on 7 May 2012)
The average Australian lives on $95 a day. Granted, that might not be quite what the average law student spends (except maybe on textbook-buying days. Actually, definitely on textbook- buying days), but we still spend a good deal more a day than our Papua New Guinean neighbours who live just north of us.
This week Georgina Wu, Lauren McInnes and Chelsea Driessen are trading Coke for carrots*, choice for cheap, and comfort food for, well, any food. From 7 – 11 May, they are Living Below the Line.
And just to prove they’ve actually done their research, here’s a table comparing the meals the girls are used to with what they will be eating this week.
The startling, awful truth of it is, whilst Chelsea still has (technically) $76.11 left over on a typical day to pay for transport, housing, health care, clothes and any extra things she may want, Georgina (if she was living in Papua New Guinea) would be left with $0.17 to cover the same costs.
Through their Live Below the Line campaign, the ladies are trying to change this situation and raise money for the provision of education in PNG, where the majority of children drop out of school in year 6.
Chelsea, Lauren and Georgina should be easily identifiable this week by their pained expressions and rumbly tummies. Also by their LBtL wristbands and stickers. Please feel free to approach them to discuss the challenge, the charity and how you too can get involved!
Any donations would be very much appreciated. To show your support, please visit www.livebelowtheline.com/team/mls.
*Take this how you will ** All quantities are as accurate as possible, and prices have been calculated accordingly. Chelsea even got a scale out to weigh a cup of Special K. True story.