Lean time, to help others

05.05.14 Abbotsbury's Sara Soutphommasane and  Courtney Lor are among 8 ppl taking part in Oaktree's Live Below the Line. They will be challenged to live on $2 a day for a five days in order to experience what it is like to live below the poverty line. Picture: Anna Warr

05.05.14 Abbotsbury's Sara Soutphommasane and Courtney Lor are among 8 ppl taking part in Oaktree's Live Below the Line. They will be challenged to live on $2 a day for a five days in order to experience what it is like to live below the poverty line. Picture: Anna Warr

ABBOTSBURY'S Courtney Lor will live under the poverty line for a week when she takes part in the Oaktree Foundation's largest campaign: Live Below the Line.

The campaign challenges participants to spend five days living on $2 a day in a bid to experience what it's like to live below the poverty line.

Miss Lor said she was among eight people in her group The No Breakfast Club taking part in the challenge, which will take place from May 18 to May 23.

"I have always been passionate about social justice, and poverty reduction has always been high on my agenda," she said.

"I chose to take part in it this year because I was really inspired by a group of East Timor students who spoke at the Youth Development Forum held at Macquarie University last year.

"Their stories about the high rate of youth unemployment shocked me."

The 20-year-old said the focus of the campaign was to raise money for high school projects in East Timor.

"We're looking at raising $1000 between all of us but I want to do better than that," Miss Lor said.

Bonnyrigg Heights resident and group member Sara Soutphommasane said that while it would be a tough week, she was looking forward to it.

"At the end of the day, we're doing it for five days whereas most of these people have to do it for a lifetime," she said.

"It's going to be a very rewarding experience because we will be making a tangible change in these peoples' lives."

To make a donation to Miss Lor, visit http://tinyurl.com/k2d6ov2.

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