Frenzal Rhomb guitarist and ex-Triple J radio presenter Lindsay “The Doctor” McDougall will be braving the hunger pains this week as he attempts to feed himself on $2 a day.
The outspoken vegan will have to forgo his usual over priced hipster treats as he attempts to Live Below the Line.
McDougall is taking the challenge ahead of thousands of Australians who from 4 – 8 of May will eat on just $2 a day for five days – the equivalent of the extreme poverty line.
“It’s important to remember that while we’re out there spending thousands of dollars on our acai-infused chia and cacao smoothies, there are people in the world who have to feed themselves on two dollars a day. It’s not very much” said McDougall.
“Also my friends are doing it: Alex Dyson’s been involved and Veronica Milsom’s doing it this year. But it’s harder for me because I’m vegan, and all vegan food has a self-righteousness tax lumped on top of it,” he said.
Over 30,000 Australians have taken the Live Below the Line challenge since its inception in 2010, collectively raising over $7.5 million for anti-poverty initiatives.
Funds raised support Oaktree’s partner organisations who run local education projects in the Asia-Pacific region, providing scholarships, learning materials and teacher training for hundreds of young men and women.
Other celebrity ambassadors participating include Randy Feltface (Sammy J and Randy), Veronica Milsom (Veronica & Lewis, Triple J), Julie Goodwin (I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here), Kate Bracks (MasterChef), Marny Kennedy (Mortified), Charlotte Nicdao (Please Like Me), James Mason (Neighbours), Vendulka Witcha (X Factor), Bryce Padovan (Jonah from Tonga) and Sarah McLeod (The Superjesus).
Live Below The Line is run by Oaktree, Australia’s largest youth-run not-for-profit organisation, with all members (including the CEO) under the age of 26.
Participants can sign up for the challenge at www.livebelowtheline.com.au
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Oaktree | Young people leading a movement to end poverty.