Live Below the Line fundraiser Jaclyn McCosker.
Live Below the Line fundraiser Jaclyn McCosker.

Student lives on $2 a week to raise money for world's poor

TWO bucks - that's how much Gladstone's Jaclyn McCosker will spend on food next week.

The Bachelor of Arts student is no stranger to living on the cheap.

This is the fourth time Jaclyn, 22, has entered the Live Below the Line challenge.

She will be among the thousands of young Australians giving up their daily treats to live on $2 a day for five days as part of the anti-poverty campaign.

Jaclyn co-ordinates the campaign across Queensland on behalf of Oaktree.

Since entering the event she has raised more than $5000.

"My first experience with Oaktree was the Live Below the Line challenge in 2011, and back then I had no idea how much the organisation would shape my future," she said.

"After I raised my first $1000 and saw the positive response from people around me, I realised I was capable of making a tangible difference in the fight against the greatest injustice of today.

"A few months later I changed degrees and now aim to work in third world development.

"We are really starting to see the impact of our work at Live Below the Line, overcoming myths about aid ineffectiveness and educating people about our monumental successes in poverty eradication.

"The best bit is the people that surprise you with their generosity. The ones that give the most may be the ones you least expect."

In many countries people live without running water, access to schools or medical care.

Last year the campaign raised more than $2 million which helped fund projects in Cambodia, Papua New Guinea and East Timor.

Oaktree is Australia's largest aid and development organisation run by volunteers under the age of 26.

To donate to visit www.livebelowtheline.com.au/me/jackie.



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