TNS is 10: Below the Line
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Over a billion people in the world live in extreme poverty having to survive on just £1 a day. Below the Line asks people to take on the challenge of living on this meagre amount of money to help understand the difficulties many people face. TNS writer Hannah Forrest was one who took the challenge..... This challenge has come in for a lot of criticism. True those involved aren’t generally experiencing true poverty, really only eating less for one week. We still have access to cars and heating and showers and TV. But the people that took on this challenge have done so for generally the right reasons and this is definitely not something to be criticised because at the end of the day we are doing this to show that WE WANT TO HELP! I shall begin... I never thought when I decided to take on this challenge it would: a.) require so much more will power than I physically believed possible (I mean, I like rice and lentils so how hard can this be, right?) or b.) have such a strong affect on me. My initial reaction had been that of genuine interest. What a great idea! It required initiative, resourcefulness and dedication. Far more effort than my usual ‘cheque in an envelope’ to the Smith Family at Christmas – this was actually requiring me to do something! I was bored of telethons, sick of people shaking cans of money at me, and frustrated at being harassed on the street, asking me what I thought about the whales, or pollution, or starving children that Angelina hadn’t yet adopted.
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