Sisters to live on just $2 a day
MADELINE and Sophie Price will be living on just $2 a day next week.
The former Gympie State High School students are pocketing their bank cards as part of a nationwide Oaktree charity campaign, Live Below the Line.
It challenges Australians to eat on less than $2 per day for five days and raise funds for overseas projects.
Madeline did the challenge last year too and is well on her way to reaching her fundraising goal of $600 this year, but emphasises that it is not just about the money.
"Live Below the Line gives us the opportunity to understand the choices a person in a less developed country must make on a daily basis," she said.
"Throughout the next week, I only need to choose whether to purchase rice or pasta with my $2, whereas a person in Cambodia for instance, will need to choose whether to pay for food, or health care, or education.
"Live Below the Line is just the tip of the iceberg, but a perspective I think all Australians would benefit from."
Madeline's passion for charity and specifically the eradication of extreme poverty stemmed from an overseas mission trip she attended as an alternative to Schoolies in 2010, a program supported by Gympie State High School and Heartland International.
Madeline's younger sister Sophie, also an avid philanthropist, graduated from Gympie State High School last year and is taking part in Live Below the Line for the first time.
Having hosted successful fundraising events for charity throughout her high school years, Sophie isn't too concerned about raising her monetary goal, but rather considering what to live on for the next five days.
"Last year, Madeline lived on oats, apples and noodles," she laughed.
"I like to believe I'm a bit more prepared and have created a budget to allow for the maximum use of my $10 over the five days."
The two sisters are passionate advocates for those living in less developed nations, through campaigns such as Live Below the Line.
"1.2 billion of our closest neighbours live below the extreme poverty line," Madeline said.
"Neighbours in South East Asia, a flight closer to Gympie than Tasmania, live on less than $2 a day."
Sophie agreed: "We have already halved extreme poverty in the last 20 years, and I believe that in my lifetime, we could see it end."
To sign up to Live Below the Line or make a donation, visit http://www.livebelowtheline.com.au