Fife House`s recent campaign ``can you thirve on $6.55`` to raise awareness for what it`s like for people living below the poverty line, struck a chord with me.
I live in the Church and Carlton neighbourhood and follow our City Councillor, Kristyn Wong-Tam on Twitter, so I was intrigued when I read her tweets about how she was handling the challenge. Inspored by Kristyn, I decided to try it for myself and tell my company about it.
In the lead up to Earth week, last week, our office had a `green challenge`- ride your bike to work, turn off your computer, recycle more, etc. - the usual stuff. But I decided inistead to focus on the community aspect of our corporate social responsibility values and blog about my attmpts to thrive on $6.55.
It was difficult. And an eye opening experience for me.
Keith, I am not naïve or arrogant enough to say that I now know what it means to be hungry, I don`t. And I hope I never will. But the challenge was an approximation of how thousands of Torontonians live every day with a constant, unwelcome companion, and that`s hunger.
The challenge changed me. I pledged to my co-workers and staff that I would donate the difference between what I would normally spend on food in a week and the $6.55/day that I spent during the challenge.
Pleasse find enclised a cheque for $200.
I hope this small amount willl be helpful to your clients at Fife House.