21 March 2011

Methodist President to live on £1 a day

The Methodist Relief and Development Fund (MRDF) is challenging people throughout the UK to 'live below the line' - and spend just £1 a day on food and drink for a working week. The President of the Methodist Church, Revd Alison Tomlin, and the strategic leaders of the Methodist Church have already committed to take part: Revd Dr Martyn Atkins; John Ellis; Christine Elliott and Mark Wakelin

It is hoped that between 2 and 6 May thousands of people will try living below the global poverty line, with a budget of just £5 for all of their meals over five days. They will ask their friends and families to sponsor them and funds raised will be used to help some of the world's most vulnerable people to work their way out of poverty. 1.4 billion people globally live on less than £1 a day.

MRDF is one of the charity partners in the Live Below the Line initiative, which is being organised by educational group, the Global Poverty Project. Last year, Live Below the Line in Australia raised over £320,000.

Revd Alison Tomlin, President of the Methodist Church, said: 'I'm committed to continuing to working with and for those who face extreme poverty in any country. I think it would be good for me to experience a tiny part of what it can be like. Of course, it is easy for people like me who have choices, but in this way we can express our determination to stand alongside those in need.'

To sign up to take part in Live Below the Line with MRDF, or to download a free PowerPoint to show in your church to introduce the initiative, please visit www.mrdf.org.uk/live or call 020 7467 5132.

Anna Rogers of MRDF lived 'below the line' for a week in February. You can read more about how she got on at www.mrdf.org.uk/live. 

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