A CHARITY worker is to live on just £1 a day for five days to highlight the struggle faced by those living in poverty.
Charlotte Dando, a former Greenhead College student who is also an interfaith leader, is undertaking the challenge as a preview to the Live Below the Line campaign which will take place between May 7 and 11.
She will be joined by another young interfaith leader, Usman Nawaz.
That campaign will see people sponsored to reduce their food and drink spending to just £1 a day to highlight the global plight of 1.4 billion who are living below the poverty line.
The pair are faith act fellows from the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and currently based at charity Malaria No More UK.
They are working at the charity which aims to reduce malaria-related deaths as part of their year-long fellowship to help unite different faiths in projects tackling global issues.
Charlotte, 27, a Quaker who grew up in Brighouse and Rastrick, said: “Many faith communities are familiar with the concept of fasting although I think that Live Below the Line will offer a whole new experience.
“We hope that people of all faiths will join us in this challenge.”
The £1 refers to only food and drink and Charlotte said she has been trialing the scheme this week.
“I’m just filling up on staples like potatoes, bread and carbohydrates,” she said. “And with the rest of the money I’m trying to make some kind of sauce to give it some flavour.”
She revealed she is a big tea drinker but has had to re-use her teabags this week.
“That bit’s been gross,” she said. “I’ve not been able to have any of the good stuff either, like fruit.”
Charlotte is a former St Joseph’s Primary School in Hove Edge, Rastrick High School and Greenhead College pupil. She married fellow Rastrick High School and Greenhead student Jonathan Dando and has since moved to London.
Usman, 22, a Muslim from Rochdale, said: “Living on just £1 a day for five days will be a unique opportunity to catch a glimpse into the daily reality of life for the 1.4 billion people who survive on this budget everyday.
“I hope it will inspire us to step up the efforts to bring a positive change to their lives.”
The funds raised through the challenge will enable the Battersea-based charity to help save lives and reduce the number of deaths from malaria in Africa.
Last year, 10,000 people around the world took part in the campaign and raised more than £1m to help charity partners deliver support to those in need.
This year the challenge is aiming to raise even more funds by calling on 5,000 people in the UK alone to take part.
For more information on the campaign visit www.livebelowtheline.org.uk