From 7th – 11th May a team of staff and students are going to live on just £1 a day for all their food and drink as part of the Live Below the Line (LBL) challenge. £1 is the UK equivalent of the extreme poverty line. The SNHS team is made up of Miss Cormode, Miss Crawford, Miss Moore, Mrs Turner, Mr Watt and two Year 12 students, Chris Killey and Tudor Baker. They are raising money for UNICEF and can be sponsored on their team page on the Live Below the Line website.
Live Below the Line is a global campaign and last year more than 10,000 people around the world lived on £1/day for all their food for five days, raising £1,000,000 for crucial anti-poverty initiatives. Living on so little gives participants a glimpse into the challenges faced by the 1.4 billion people who have no choice but to live below the line every day for everything – food, medical care, transport, education, everything.
Tudor Baker, when asked why he is taking the challenge, says ‘I believe extreme poverty is the biggest issue we, as the developed nations, need to address in order for the world to begin building and forming into a resourceful and fair place for everybody to live.’ Chris Killey adds ‘In order to sympathise with those living in extreme poverty, I am attempting this challenge and hoping to raise some money for such a good cause along the way. I shall also be attempting to keep a video blog for each day of the challenge in order to record what is happening on a day to day basis.’
We have a team of students who will also be delivering ‘Thought for the Day’ on Manx Radio during the week of the campaign. The thoughts will be based around the Live Below the Line Challenge and how we can tackle extreme poverty. As a Fairtrade School, the importance of Fairtrade in the fight against extreme poverty will be highlighted, particularly as World Fairtrade Day is on 12th May.
The SNHS team are joining a growing number of participants on the Isle of Man including Phil Gawne MHK, Laurence Skelly MHK and members of local band Panicland, of which St Ninian’s Yr12 student, Chris Blackburn, is a member.