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I could not believe I went over my target of €250 for my Live Below The Line Challenge from April 29th for 5 Days. The generosity and support of people toward my efforts to highlight, not only the horrendous events in Syria that are going on now for more than 2 years! But, also the main purpose of Live Below The Line is to challenge people to live below the poverty line. At least I had a 5 day time limit on my poverty line experience – I could not IMAGINE what it is like to actually be in that situation and there was no way out….

The money will go directly to UNICEF Ireland’s Syria Appeal. And I know from speaking with the guys in Unicef they are delighted and grateful to you all too.

I want to THANK YOU ALL from the botom of my heart. It means a heck of a lot to the children in Syria and also a lot to me as I feel really proud that people supported me. Thank you all a LOT xx

Thank You


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So I am sorry I am only bringing you this post now but in Ireland we have the May bank holiday and I was off enjoying the SUN – in Ireland when we get sun then there is a mass exodus!! I can only tell you the outfits people, mostly teenagers, were wearing little or nothing. The obviously never heard of the saying “Do not shed a clout, til May is out”.

So my final day on Friday May 3rd, was great I am not going to go into the details of what I ate because it is too late for this but it contained porridge, soup and some concoction for dinner! On Saturday I drove to southern Ireland from Dublin to go spend the day with some ladies I used to work with many years ago and I did divulge and ate some amazing food and also included a desert, something I was craving all week. I am however going to try to keep up the cutting of sugar from my diet and sticking to eating a really good breakfast every morning. I was always rushing at breakfast but when on the bread line you never know where the next meal is coming from hence the importance to eat every last morsel and it will keeping you going until lunch. The ladies I lunched with were also AMAZINGLY generous and I raised a further €75 bringing my total raised this far to €191.06

All proceeds of my Live Below The Line Jar to go to Unicef Ireland and the Syrian Children caught up in that dreadful conflict that has been going on for over 2 years, and from recent reports the situation is getting worse!

MY Unicef Fundraising Page HERE will be open for a further few weeks and if you feel like donating as little as €2 please do.

Thanks to everyone for reading my Live Below The Line Blog posts I really enjoyed the week and I hope I have done some good for my efforts – at times it was tough and my thoughts are with those who have to live below the line without choice everyday!


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The second last Day and I am feeling happy & Sad that soon it will be over! I have raised this far €110 for the children in Syria only another €140 to go so I am hoping you all can throw a few €’s my way – the smallest donation you can make on my Unicef Fundraising page is just €2. Thanks guys 🙂

Breakfast: Same o’l ding dong as its the only thing to fill me up!!  Porridge with water and dollop of Strawberry Jam. And of course a pot of tea with milk. 

50g of porridge = €0.04

Strawberry jam = €0.03

Reused Tea Bag = €0.02

Drop of milk = €0.05

Total: €0.14

10am Cup of coffee:

Tesco cheap and cheerful coffee 1 tsp = €0.08

Drop of milk = €0.05

Total for the cup of you could get used to the taste but does the job waking me up coffee €0.13

photo (25)Lunch: Pasta with Seaweed and Tomato Pesto

4 spoons of value pesto =  €0.20

2 cups of pasta = €0.05

Seaweed = FREE and packed full of nutrients!

Total €0.25

Of course there was only 1 place to eat this and that was the place the sea weed came from – The Beach and thats where I went with Eabha.

 

 

 

 

photo (26)Dinner: SALAD of Sea Weed, Dandelion, Beetroot, Spinach & Tomato – Oven baked chips!  

I forgot to take a picture of the end result that looked fab but I had house full and just forgot 😦

Spinach = €0.09

Dandelion & Sea Weed = Foraged for FREE.

For the sauce which I will be dividing by 4 as this was the number of people who could easily have been fed by this dish.

Tomato x1 = €0.03

1/2 full onion = €0.10

3 small potatoes = €0.15

1 Beetroot = €0.10

Drizzle of olive oil = €0.04

Dressing of soya sauce, olive oil & whole grain mustard = €0.10

Salt & Pepper  = €0.02

Total for my portion of dinner = €0.54

For Tea I had some Nettle Tea.

Total spend for Day 4 €1.15 I pushed it to the wire today so only 0.04 cents to my Jar!!

All proceeds of my Live Below The Line Jar to go to Unicef Ireland and the Syrian Children caught up in that dreadful conflict that has been going on for over 2 years.

Thank You for supporting me, with however much you can give – as every cent counts. To date I have collected €50 online (Thanks SJ & ORO’B) and I have collected another €60 from personal donations. My target is €250 and I hope with your support I can make and even exceed this. I have so far collected €110 for the children in Syria so in two days I need another €140

To support me online visit MY Unicef Fundraising Page HERE

If you know me personally or my family and friends you can give them any donations and they can pass it onto me. alternatively if you would like to email me please do even if it’s just for the chat, I love to hear how my thoughts & actions can influence people : claire@clairelewis.ie

Thank you all 🙂 XX

Some interesting Websites about all the different benefits of SeaWeed:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2006/apr/15/healthandwellbeing.features

http://www.voyaseaweedbaths.com/Seaweed-Baths/Health-Benefits

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=135


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To Live Below The Line is a really difficult challenge for me on so many levels  but to imagine having to do this on a daily basis without choice is the most difficult thing for me to comprehend  I decided to give this a go not only to raise funds for the children in Syria but also to create an awareness about the relationship we all have with food and how we take food for granted  disregard it and throw it in the trash like it means nothing to us  yet if it was taken away it would be survival of the fittest.

I was thrilled on Day 1 to put my 17cents left over into my jar and yes it has also thought me to really appreciate every cent as for some it means a whole lot more.

Thank You for supporting me with how ever much you can give as every cent counts.

To support me online visit MY Unicef Fundraising Page HERE

If you know me personally or my family and friends you can give them any donations and they can pass it onto me. Alternitavely if you would like to email me please do even if its just for the chat, I love to hear how my thoughts & actions can influence people : claire@clairelewis.ie

Kind Regards  A very hungry Claire Lewis XX