“I’ve made it through my sugar and caffeine come down, the days are long though as I still have my day work to get through but my focus is coming back. After a rough couple of days I am now able to focus on whether or not I am hungry, hangry or just miserable because I don’t have any sugar flowing through me!”
The notes I took at the time whilst living below the line.
I think gaining a true appreciation of chronic hunger can only be truly acheived after a prolonged period of doing so, I got to count down the days until I could gorge myself on as much as I wanted (if I wanted) and drink coffee until my heart jumped out of my chest. For the 1 billion plus people living constantly in chronic hunger, they have no such joy of an end to their situation. The different below the line or hunger projects do raise money for the cause and raises awareness for those of us that take part but how much change is it making really? I’ve always believed that by dropping pebbles in a pond we create ripples and if we drop enough, we can create tidal waves
But I am not going to make this another post about sugar and focus more on the good things going on out here in Melbourne for another group of hungry people – the homeless.
There is a fantastic coffee bar in Melbourne Central called Streat. 100% of their profits go to helping young homeless people and the coffee is great too. It’s kind of a pay it forward deal.
Then there is the soup kitchen in Degraves Street that, for a few dollars more, donates a meal to a homeless person who wants one. They have neat system that allows you to leave a message and they put that message into a bowl every time a meal is taken.
Then there is the food wagon outside St Paul’s Cathedral opposite Federation Square that does a mean meal too.
If you’re in the Melbourne CBD area, support these places as they are making a difference to the people in their community. Embrace humanity, it’s a big universe and we might be all we have.