Making Kenora Home's 'A Walk in Other's Shoes' Poverty Challenge wrapped up yesterday.
Casey Pyykka participated in the week-long experience, and came away with a new appreciation for the daily struggles many people go through.
“It was an eye-opening experience. I don't think people realize the small things you have are actually really big things. When you take them away you realize that 'wow', I can't imagine people living day-to-day like this. It makes your heart fill-up to want to do more for our community.”
The five participants in the challenge had to live off $55 a day for a week, the amount of an Ontario Works basic need benefit for a single person.
Pyykka alluded to one of the more challenging aspects.
“The purchasing of food, the healthy versus unhealthy. It's so hard to stay on that healthy budget, buying fresh fruit and stuff like that,” Pyykka said. “It does take a toll on you. All in all it was a very tough experience.”
The five participants blogged about their experiences, which can be accessed below.
The Week of Action Against Poverty runs until Saturday.
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