Ethiopia visit inspires couple to budget £1 for day's food
A RETIRED teacher who once worked in Ethiopia is challenging herself to live on only £1 a day for a week to raise awareness of world hunger.
Anna Bourke, of Chellaston, and husband Simon will buy their food every day from the reduced section at shops and will even ration the amount of water they drink.
The couple, who will budget £1 each, are doing the challenge as part of aid charity Cafod's Hungry for Change campaign.
Anna, former deputy head teacher at St Benedict School, said she decided to try the £1-a-day challenge because of children she met in Ethiopia. The 59-year-old, of Sinfin Moor Lane, spent six weeks teaching English there in 2006 and has been back twice to visit.
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She said: "Only having £1 a day each to buy food shows solidarity with people who don't have the safety net that we have – they can't borrow, they can't go overdrawn, they've got no savings.
"I was inspired by the young people in Ethiopia. Their enthusiasm and vitality and talent always amazed me.
"We might fail miserably at it but we're going to give it a go."
Anna and Simon, who started the challenge yesterday, have locked away any tinned food, including Anna's favourite fresh coffee.
Anna said: "We've put other things in the freezer for when the challenge is over. If we use anything that was already in the house during this week we'll take it off our daily allowance."
They will buy everything using £1 each on a day-by-day basis even on the day they look after their three-year-old grandson.
Anna said she was doing her food shopping daily to keep costs low and for her first breakfast ate some 48p flat breads with half a 25p bar of Fairtrade chocolate melted on top.
She said: "It was really delicious!
"For our first tea we will use some shallots which we grew in our garden, some chilies that were grown last year and some roasted vegetables. On that first day of shopping I very much just bought whatever I could find within our budget.
"That means buying a lot of foods that have been reduced in price."