Written by Tamzin Merchant (F. 2000-05)
Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Dear Friends, starting this Wednesday April 23rd I will be living on $1.50 per day for 5 days in a row, to raise awareness of the 1.2 billion people in the world who live in poverty every day of their lives.

The campaign is run by The Global Poverty Project, a wonderful activism group founded by my friend Hugh Evans who I met at Cambridge. You can check out their website here: http://www.globalpovertyproject.com.

This year I'm an ambassador for GPP and I'm very proud to be involved in their work. The GPP started the famous free concerts in Central Park - last year's headliner was Stevie Wonder. This year's concert, in September, promises to be unmissable...

The amazing thing about GPP is that they bring a sense of empowerment and joy to the at times arduous task of raising awareness about the most difficult and dark aspects of human suffering.

I am raising money for Build Africa, a charity based in Tunbridge Wells, with my 5-day-challenge, and you can follow my progress over the 5 days here at my LIVE BELOW THE LINE page: https://www.livebelowtheline.com/me/tamzin.

I am, of course, very delighted by any donations made, but my main reason for doing the challenge is to raise awareness about the 1.2 billion people who must survive on less that $1.50 a day. So please spread the word about the challenge and follow my progress throughout the next week...

With love, Tamzin x

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