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Lachie ready for poverty challenge

Lachie Stuart with the price of a day’s meals during the Live Below The Line challenge.
Lachie Stuart with the price of a day’s meals during the Live Below The Line challenge. Dave Noonan

SURVIVING on $2 a day isn’t an easy assignment for anyone but when you’re a young, fit A Grade rugby league player with an appetite to match, the task is downright daunting.

However, that’s what Lachie Stuart will be doing next month as part of the Live Below the Line challenge.

The speedy Toowoomba Brothers back is taking part in the challenge to better understand the challenges faced by some 1.4 billion people who live in extreme poverty every day — and to raise funds for the Oaktree Foundation and crucial anti-poverty initiatives.

“Some of my college friends in Brisbane are doing the challenge and so I decided to do it as well,” Lachie explained.

“It’s a really good cause and the foundation’s aim is that education is the key to lift people out of poverty.”

Live Below the Line participants have to live on $2 a day for five days. In Lachie’s case that will be from May 16 to 20.

“We have to live on $2 a day from Monday to Friday so it’s probably best to get $10 of food at the start of the week and proportion it over the week,” Lachie said.

“I think I’ll have to live on rice and eggs or something for the week.

“They say it’s easier to do it as a group so I might spend the week in Brisbane with my friends who are also doing the challenge.”

However, his charity might have to take precedence over his football career for that week.

“I don’t think I’ll be training that week. I’ll have to let (coach) Tony (Loxley) know,” Lachie grinned.

“I might have to have a massive pig-out before I start too.”

For more information or to sponsor or join Lachie in the challenge, go to http://www.livebelowtheline.com.au

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