St Albans fundraiser sticks to budget of £1 a day to raise poverty awareness

PUBLISHED: 06:34 13 May 2014

Luke Dixon

Luke Dixon


Buying in bulk had a special meaning for a St Albans fundraiser who spent a working week living on a strict £1 a day budget.

Luke Dixon, 22, a recent graduate who lives in the city, took part in the Live Below the Line global poverty challenge which meant filling shopping baskets with bulk purchases of cheap rice, pasta, tinned tomatoes and mixed beans to feed himself for £1 a day.

He took the challenge in support of the youth-led international development charity Restless Development which raises money for and highlights the plight of the 1.2 billion people around the world who are trapped in extreme poverty.

Luke explained that having been on a three-month International Citizen Service (ICS) placement in India he had seen extreme poverty first hand and took the Live Below the Line challenge to raise awareness in the UK of the continued need to support organisations such as Restless Development which work with young people in extreme poverty.”

For his week’s supplies, he relied heavily on Morrisons’ Savers range in Fleetville and his meals varied largely between rice and pasta.

It is not too late to support Luke by visiting To sign up and take on the challenge visit

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