An Andreas woman has been doing porridge to highlight the plight of children in Africa.
For a week Karen Tiplady lived off just one daily bowl of porridge and water, the same as children at Mifumi Primary School in Uganda, which her employer Standard Bank sponsors.
Karen, who is head of operations, raised £1,470 – which more than covers the cost to feed the 682 children at the school for a term. She was helped by her son Riley, five, who completed jobs in return for donations.
Karen said: ‘The hardest part was the aroma of food all around me, but three things that kept me going.
‘Firstly I could stop at any time, but the kids in Mifumi don’t have that luxury; secondly I can fill my hunger void with as much clean, fresh water as I want, which again they can’t; and thirdly being able to say that I had exceeded my target and the money I raised was going to feed the whole school for a whole term.’
She lost 7lbs and admitted she ‘almost cracked’ on day three, with the time she ate her daily porridge getting increasingly earlier.
On day five of her blog she wrote: ‘Yesterday was hard. I wasn’t hungry per se – I just didn’t have any energy.
‘The walk up the stairs following the fire alarm test [at work] zapped me and so I ended up having my porridge earlier than planned.’
Staff are collecting old school uniforms, toys, and children’s clothes to be taken to the school in October. Items can be taken to Standard Bank or email Karen at Karen.Tiplady@standardbank.com