Live Below the Line: Change is on the menu

Launched by Oaktree in February, Live Below the Line is Australia’s largest youth-run campaign, and since 2010 it has raised $10 million to fund education programs across the Asia Pacific region.

Over six years, approximately fifty thousand Australians have taken part in the challenge of living on $2 a day, the Australian equivalent of the poverty line. Live Below the Line is a small insight into what it’s like to live with limited options. It’s just a glimpse into what life is like for people in poverty, but it has a real impact.

This year, Live Below the Line doesn’t just have a new look, it’s got a newer, better approach to taking the challenge. Individuals can participate by living below the line for two, or five days, or by hosting Dine Below the Line, a $2 per head feast hosted by a participant.

Education transforms lives. It’s the most powerful tool to tackle the injustice of poverty. Students don’t just learn grammar and maths, they’re amplifying their voice, so they can have a say in their future. The Live Below the Line challenge allows Australians to use their own voice and join the movement to end the global injustice of poverty.

Oaktree is Australia’s largest youth run not-for profit organisation, dedicated to the eradication of poverty.

“Money raised goes directly to the life changing work of Oaktree’s partners, who work with developing communities to not only improve the quality of education, by providing teachers, governance training, and resources like libraries and computer labs, but support in systemic change that sustains the work that has been done,” Sashenka Worsman, CEO of Oaktree, said.

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Ryan Fritz

Ryan Fritz started The Advocate in 2014 to provide not-for-profits and charities with another media platform to tell their worthwhile hard news stories and opinion pieces effortlessly. In 2020, Ryan formed a team of volunteer journalists to help spread even more high-quality stories from the third sector. He also has over 10 years of experience as a media and communications professional for not-for-profits and charities.

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