By Steve Hili
Today is the last day of the challenge. We're only a few hours away from getting back into our 'normal' routines.
First of all I would like to say well done to all of those taking part. And thank you to all of those who supported us. The medical centre looks like it can be funded for over a year thanks to the wonderful donations. But if anyone wants to give us a bit more PLEASE DO - www.betternow.org/mt/121challenge
People said that we would survive and we knew of course that we would. After all 1.2 billion people survive under the poverty line every single day.
But for those people who think that living like this would not really impact them much, I invite them to try it. Just an experiment. Personally I thought it would be a bit easier.
Here a just a few random thoughts as we round up the week
- Buying everything and working things out was exhausting. And also needing to portion things out was a real pain. It really was not easy.
- There was a lot of time where we were actually hungry. Not starving but hungry and head-achy. When the portions of food were simply not enough.
- I was lethargic for a lot of this week. I had hardly no energy yesterday and could not concentrate on some essential work that I needed to get done.
- Drinking tap water really got me down for some reason. It really put me in a mood.
But here we are. Friday morning!
Today we've got oats for brekkie (again) Egg sandwich for lunch (again) and a baked potato or two for dinner. There might be an extra potato to be eaten today too. Happy days!
And at midnight it will all be over.
For us that is. Not for the 1.2 billion.
When you think of it like that, it is embarrassing to think that I dared moan this week.
We hope we have made a tiny difference this week. And we hope that we have got a few more people talking about poverty.
I feel proud. We did something. Something small. But for us at least it was not insignificant.
But as we congratulate ourselves (as we should) let's not forget those who will still be living in and around the poverty line tomorrow. And the day after. For them the challenge continues.
Thanks everyone and well done!