Norwich family prepare to feed themselves for just �1 a day as part of annual charity challenge

An Old Catton family may be rather hungry next week - as they take part in the annual Global Poverty Project's 'Live Below the Line' challenge.

The Pointer family, who live in Norman Drive, will be feeding themselves for just �1 a day between Monday and Friday, the equivalent of living below the world poverty line, just as 1.4bn people do worldwide.

The family are members of the Norwich branch of Results UK, one of the many charities who will be taking part in this year's fundraising challenge, looking to raise awareness of people living in extreme poverty.

Group leader of the Norwich branch of Results UK, Paul McConnell, said: 'For us, that �1 will have to cover food and drink. For those in severe poverty, it also has to cover housing, health, education and transport.

'As a family, we had always found severe poverty heartbreaking, but didn't know what we could possibly do, then we found Results.'

The family hopes to raise �1,000 for Results UK for their work on inclusive education in the developing world. Unlike in the UK, it is estimated that in sub-Saharan Africa 90 to 95pc of children with disabilities are out of education. This invariably condemns disabled child to a lifetime of extreme poverty. Results aims to ensure all UK aid for education takes this into account.

Paul, 24, continued: 'We are excited, but a bit scared. I'm sure we'll have a very different shopping experience from usual. We love our food and will no doubt find it difficult but at least we know that it is only for five days.

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'The 1.4bn people who live below the poverty line of �1 per day don't have that choice.'

Paul's parents, Mark and Ann Marie, 43 and 51 respectively, his brother Martin, 26, and girlfriend Daria, 25, are all taking part in the challenge.

Mark, a virologist working in the microbiology department at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, said: 'It's quite a unique challenge, because I will experience for myself what it must be like for those 1.4bn people globally, who live below the poverty line on a daily basis, and has made me think about the lack of choice imposed on people who live on �1 a day for food and drink, as well education, transport, healthcare - everything.

'I'm up the challenge and although I`m going to miss my daily chocolate fix, that will be a small price to pay in order to raise awareness and help others less fortunate than myself, who don't have that choice.'

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