Hunger pangs no problem for councillor

KEEPING focus and being productive was the hardest challenge for South Burnett Regional Councillor Damien Tessmann today.

Cr Tessmann has taken part in the Anti-poverty Week Challenge and said it was harder than he thought it would be.

"I didn't think it would be this challenging but I have tried to keep my hunger at bay with lots of water," he said.

"There is no limit on the amount of water I can consume so I started the day out with lots of water before going to a community breakfast event.

"It was really hard to pass the meals up without taking any but I perservered but I was up for a challenge and I certainly got one."

Cr Tessmann said he didn't have plan of attack for the challenge but had already eaten his banana and baked beans by 2pm.

He said the challenge made him realise how difficult it must be for people living on the poverty line to keep concentration throughout the day and hold up a job or do well at school.

"It is so challenging and it made me realise how lucky I am to eat what is considered a 'normal' diet," Cr Tessmann said.

"It's surprising that anyone could live off this amount of food every day."

Cr Tessmann was given a bag which contained two pieces of fruit, a tea bag, a piece of bread, a sachet of jam and a can of baked beans which was all he was allowed to eat for 24-hours.

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