URBANA — Could you live on a whole lot less for five days and work to help end extreme poverty? The Global Poverty Project will bring its "Live Below the Line" campaign to the University of Illinois campus Thursday evening, challenging participants to spend just $1.50 a day on what they eat and drink for five days while fund-raising for charity.
The presentation — part of the organization's 1.4 Billion Reasons tour, will be made at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Illini Union, Illini Room A.
The tour takes its name from the number of people living in extreme poverty — in fact, on $1.50 a day or less, says Danielle Goldschneider of The Global Poverty Project.
"We empower people with information and how good aid programs work," she said.
The organization's vision is to end extreme poverty, and its 50-minute presentation has been made to more than 75,000 people in high schools, on college campuses, at businesses and other settings in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Canada, Goldschneider said.
Commitment cards are passed out at the end of the presentation, and options for involvement are offered, such as receiving more information, becoming involved politically or making donations, Goldschneider said.
"Its very much based on the individual who sees the presentation," she added.
People agreeing to take the "Live Below the Line" challenge make a five-day commitment to feed themselves on $1.50 per day, with the only ingredients in their diets not included in that budget being tap water. Even home-grown garden produce has to be factored into the budget. Those pledging also agree to do fundraising for one of The Global Poverty Project's partner organizations, among them CARE and UNICEF.
People signing up for the challenge have an opportunity to win the latest iPad, and there will be other giveaways for those attending, according to the organization.
For more information and a list of the partner organizations, see: http://www.livebelowtheline.us.