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Kayla Sharland to Live Below Poverty Line for Youth Charity

Kayla Sharland to Live Below the Poverty Line for Youth Charity

Auckland, New Zealand, 11 September 2012 – One of New Zealand’s three-time-Olympians is trading her Olympic glamour for a small taste of poverty this September.

Captain of the Black Sticks Women, Kayla Sharland, has signed up to Live Below the Line for P3 Foundation, from 24-28 September.

This means living off $2.25 of food and drink, per day, for five days.

This is the daily reality for over 1.4billion people around the world who live below the International Poverty Line.

“I think this is important, just to understand what they go through every day, especially when you’re trying to survive on $2.25 a day. We probably take it a little bit for granted,” said Kayla.

However this is not the only motivation for Kayla to complete the challenge. All money raised through P3 Foundation is doubled by the Glenn Family Foundation, founded by Owen Glenn, who have also provided substantial funding to Hockey New Zealand.

“Obviously with Owen coming onboard, it [hockey] has really improved and it’s really taken off…So helping out and supporting his [family] Foundation is something I’m really interested in doing.”

Live Below the Line was introduced in 2011 by Global Poverty Project and now involves eight partner organisations, one being youth-for-youth volunteer organisation, P3 Foundation.

“It’s cool to see youth taking on the challenge” said Kayla, when explaining why she chose to complete the challenge through P3 Foundation.

Kayla said she wants to encourage people around New Zealand to donate to P3 Foundation, through taking part in the Live Below the Line Challenge.

From a sports point-of-view, Kayla emphasised the importance of eating smart during the challenge.

“Add up all your money and buy in bulk, it’s much cheaper to buy. I think the easiest will be to keep up the carbohydrates side of things, to keep up your energy levels.”

P3 Foundation has already raised $14,125 with a goal of $50,000 to be doubled to $100,000 with the help of the Glenn Family Foundation.
All money raised through P3 Foundation goes towards improving the education, sanitation, water, and healthcare, in order to create a sustainable village for the people of Kalimpong, India.

Participants can register right up until 21st September simply by visiting


Notes for Editors:

Live Below the Line is a worldwide project launched by Global Poverty Project in 2010, coming to New Zealand for the second time with P3 Foundation as one of the participating organizations. P3 Foundation is a youth run non-profit organization working towards harnessing the power of young people to break the cycle of extreme poverty in the Asia Pacific region.

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