Proving a point about poverty
COULD you live off a can of baked beans, a slice of bread with jam, a tea bag and a piece of fruit.
For most of us it's not something we even need to contemplate.
But for many living under the poverty line it's a daily reality.
And this week a group of high profile South Burnett identities will take on the Anti-poverty Week Challenge.
The challenge involves each participant living on rations for one day and Trevor Stead from the Kingaroy Centrelink/Medicare office was the first to tackle the challenge.
Mr Stead said he thought the challenge would be easy to conquer.
But he was wrong.
Mr Stead said tried to hold off as long as possible before eating his first mouthful.
"I had a banana for breakfast because I'm on antibiotics and have to have food with them," he said.
"I held off until about 1.45pm before I had lunch which was the piece of bread with jam and a tea.
"The tea was so bad I didn't finish it because I couldn't add milk or sugar."
Mr Stead said he was used to a healthy diet with regular meals throughout the day.
He said the biggest challenge was planning his day around taking his medication and ensuring he had something to eat.
"I think I will wait as long as possible to have the baked beans for dinner," Mr Stead said.
"Today has been such an eye opener."
This year Centacare Community Connections have adopted the West Australian program based on the People Who Care's Power a Pensioner' Challenge.
Stay tuned tomorrow for a chat with the next identity.