First-year University of Otago student Kaye Williams gets
used to food rations, before starting a poverty challenge
in which she will only consume $2.25 worth of food and
drink each day. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
Dunedin tertiary student Kaye Williams will forego her
usual breakfast offerings at Salmond College in favour of a few
water-soaked oats this week.
The 18-year-old will spend five days consuming only $2.25
worth of food and drink as part of a poverty challenge to
raise money for victims of sex trafficking.
She will be joined by others nationwide participating in the
global Live Below The Line campaign, which encouraged people
to spend five days living on just $2.25 a day - the global
poverty line equivalent.
In New Zealand, the challenge was being held from September
23 to 27 and would see participants raise money for 22
different partner charities.
Miss Williams, a University of Otago student, had already
raised more than $500 for Tear Fund New Zealand with a fellow
Salmond College resident also undertaking the challenge.
They hoped to generate $700 for the charity, which aimed to
rescue and rehabilitate victims of sex trafficking in
Miss Williams planned to eat porridge made only from oats and
water, as well as half a banana for breakfast, two pieces of
bread and a sachet of soup for lunch, and lentils or a bland
stew for dinner.
''The $2.25 worth of food includes salt and everything, so
there's not too much you can glam it up with,'' she said.
She could not accept food gifts during the week, and was
grateful she did not have an addiction to coffee.
''I'm a water drinker, anyway, so that does make it easier. I
think the hardest thing will be sticking to three staple
meals with nothing in between - no night eating or snacks.''
Miss Williams said she would try to maintain her normal level
of academic, social and sporting activity despite her
restricted diet, and hoped an exam on Tuesday would go well.
She looked forward to enjoying fresh fruit and vegetables,
and possibly a batch of home-made brownies, upon completion
of the challenge.
''It's just trying to get people aware of poverty. It's such
an easy thing to just go about your day and shun like it's
not our problem.''