Politicians sign up to ‘Live below the Line’ campaign

Laurence Skelly MHK. Below, Phil Gawne MHK

Laurence Skelly MHK. Below, Phil Gawne MHK

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Two MHKs have joined in a challenge to live on £1 a day.

Infrastructure Minister Laurence Skelly and Food and Agriculture Minister Phil Gawne are taking part in the ‘Live below the Line’ campaign, which started yesterday and will run until Friday. It challenges people who live in more comfortable circumstances to see what life is like when you only have £1 each day to buy all of your food and drink.

Phil Gawne annoucing the launch of 'Culture Vannin', which was formely known as the Manx Heritage Foundation

Phil Gawne annoucing the launch of 'Culture Vannin', which was formely known as the Manx Heritage Foundation

The challenge takes place each year and seeks to highlight global inequality, and that, while the world produces enough food for everyone, millions of people still go to bed hungry every night.

Mr Skelly said: ‘I’m delighted to see a growing number of people participating in this. This is the third year I’ve taken part. I’ll be buying as much Manx produce as I can and going down the broth route so to speak.

‘Potatoes, carrots, parsley, cheese for the odd baked potato, porridge and milk.

‘You do go through the hunger pains but the biggest thing I’ll probably miss will be caffeine. You wake up for three days feeling like you’re hungover due to the withdrawal.’

The campaign is being promoted by the One World Centre, along with other organisations in the island.

The One World Centre has put together a top tip list and a potential menu for anyone taking the challenge, with lots of recipe ideas on the Live Below the Line website at www.livebelowtheline.com/uk

One World Centre co-ordinator, Rosemary Clarke, who will also be taking part in the challenge, said: ‘In truth it is difficult to come up with very exciting menu ideas on such a restricted budget – and it is likely you will be hungry.

‘But the point of the challenge is to give some insight into what 1.2 billion people are facing each day – and you have to remember that for them £1 has to cover all their living expenses, not just food and drink.’

For more information contact Rosemary or Wendy Shimmin at the One World Centre, Thie Garey Ny Cloie, Foxdale Road, St John’s, by calling 800464 or email info@owciom.org

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