Live Below the Line Challenge for Ruane
Sinn Féin MLA Caitríona Ruane will take part in the Concern, ‘Live Below the Line’ challenge to raise awareness of poverty in developing countries.
Speaking to Newry Times, Caitríona Ruane said, “I have been invited by Concern to attempt to feed myself on £1 a day for 5 days and I am delighted to support the campaign. 15 million children die each year from hunger while there is enough food produced across the globe to feed each and every one of them.
“As a volunteer who worked for four years during the eighties in El Salvador and Nicaragua I saw first hand how the other half dies and how policies made in the so called developed world directly affect and blight children’s lives
“While it is impossible to replicate the conditions that millions of people are forced to endure due to poverty the idea of the campaign is to raise awareness of the issues that effect these people.
“I am taking up the challenge of attempting to experience how someone can attempt to do this. While this will be testing I know that I will be able to return to having ample food after the challenge is over, while millions of people across the globe cannot.
Ruane added, “I would ask people to take a moment out and reflect about the poverty and hunger across the globe the next time they sit down to a meal and support the Concern campaign of alleviating this hunger.”
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