Every year, the Oaktree Foundation holds its annual Live Below the Line program in which thousands live for $2 day for five days to raise awareness for the millions living in extreme poverty. This year, a number of our favourite Aussie musicians are living below the line and doing their part for those in need.
‘While we’re spending thousands of dollars on our acai-infused chia and cacao smoothies, there are people who have to feed themselves on $2 a day.’ Lindsay ‘The Doctor’ McDougall is taking part in this year’s Live Below The Line challenge.
For many, living in poverty, $2 a day and, sometimes, less is the norm and has been so for far too long. With the income gap ever increasing and inequality prevailing, even in our modern age, something needs to be done and the more help we can give, the better. Over 40, 000 have taken the Live Below the Line challenge over the years and have raised almost $9 million in donations which have led to the introduction of all important education initiatives in needy countries such as Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and Cambodia.
This year, members of City Calm Down, DZ Deathrays, LANKS, Big Scary and veteran of the challenge, Lindsay “the Doctor” McDougall are all giving it a crack and doing their utmost to contribute to the worthy cause. A high profile in pop culture at any level will be a brilliant asset in raising awareness and sparking the greatly needed conversation about social injustice and inequality in Australia and around the world. The musos ask that their fans and mates all get on board to further the cause.
ex-Triple J announcer, Lindsay McDougall perhaps put it best when he stated: ‘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.’
Thus far, Live Below the Line has raised over $360, 000 in its 2016 campaign, which is due to grow significantly in what could be their biggest year yet. So, make sure you do everything you can to get on board! Donate, support, buy merch and shout it from the rooftops so that we can continue in our fight for equality and a better Australia.
Find out how you can contribute to the cause here.