RAISING AWARENESS : The Oaktree Foundation general manager of overseas projects Jess Jacobson holds an example of the restricted diet she’ll be on while she takes part in the Live Below The Line campaign.IMAGINE the trauma you would feel if you had to choose between feeding your family or getting medical help for your sick child.
These impossible choices have to be made by those who live below the poverty line.
The Oaktree Foundation’s campaign Live Below The Line aims to combat extreme poverty in the Asia-Pacific region through generating awareness and raising funds.
“The campaign is into its third year and I have been inspired by what people can achieve when they put their hands up and step out of their comfort zones,” said Oaktree Foundation general manager of overseas projects Jess Jacobson.
In Live Below The Line, participants live off just $2 a day for five days and raise funds through their sponsorship.
Ms Jacobson has participated in all three campaigns and said the experience was one she will never forget.
“It is eye-opening, you are not going without but your choices are cut off,” she said.
“These people live entirely on this amount every day. It is not just for food, it is for everything.”
Ms Jacobson encouraged people taking part to fully engage with the issue.
“Realise where you fit in to the equation and how you can be the solution,” she said.
While the campaign is confronting, it can be a lot of fun too, especially if you take part with a group of people.
“Get a group of people together and you can cook together and fundraise together and have each other for support, it is fun” she said.
Live Below The Line will run from May 7-11. For further information visit the Oaktree Foundation’s website.
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.