Charissa Tan

Challenge completed

Hey all! Thanks for the support and donations!

It's been a crazy 5 days, with uni and work and then rushing home to prepare budget meals. Had to reject a couple sympathetic offers of free food, which pained my heart, because who doesn't love free food?! Also had to skip my daily happy dose of takeaway latte, which made me feel like something in my life was missing. But all in all, it was definitely a worthwhile experience that I'd recommend! 

Over the past 5 days, I managed to raise $609.60 with the help of my supporters, which is over my goal at the start of $500! Not to mention our team effort of $1,369, also above our shared goal of $1000! This is all thanks to our supporters, contributors, teammates, and the organisers of this campaign! 



I'm sitting here on my chair moping because I accidentally spent a few cents over my budget yesterday, which means less to eat today. I wonder what it must feel like for people to have to go hungry for days upon time, because they ran out of a few cents to buy their next meal. This thought is seriously mindblowing.

One of my friends invited me to a cafe yesterday to have breakfast while waiting for my car to be serviced. Now a cafe breakfast would cost probably $18 - $25 for the meal, with an additional $5 for a coffee. I'd probably go home with a happy and full stomach, but that same meal would cost someone else their TWO WEEKS of food and living costs.

Multiple times across the last 5 days I have walked into a cafe on the uni campus, almost ready to order my usual cup of "Large Latte with one sugar" or "Soy Mocha", just to remember that would be my meals for the next 2 days. I'd sadly walk away with the smell of roasted coffee beans still lingering in the air. 

Needless to say, this time of reflection has been valuable. There is a good chance i'll go straight back to coffee and cafes after Live Below the Line, but it'll definitely make me think twice before I do. 

Buying Happiness

What is it to be happy?

I have food on my table. I have a roof over my head. I have a family. I have an education. And every now and then I have enough money to treat myself to a fancy dinner. But I'm not always happy. I complain alot, over the smallest things that hardly ever matter. I take things forgranted, pitying myself for the littlest things that I endure.

It seems like the more that I have, the less I am happy because the less I am satisfied with what I have. Maybe happiness cannot be bought. Maybe it is a measure of attitude and perspective, and not a measure of material. Maybe to be happy, is to be selfless. To forget about everything that I must have and could have, and to remember what I do have.

So I'd like to live for something else for a change. Greater than myself. Beyond these walls of petty pleasures and vanities. I'd like to live for someone else. To ask myself, why do I matter so much to myself in the light of a world who also matters. 

I don't know whether this will change anything. Whether it'll make me happier, or whether it'd give me false modesty of "being a good person". But it's worth a try. To give of myself, my hunger, my money, and my time - to make a change. To challenge my perspective. And maybe Your perspective. And I think, for today, this is what makes me happy. 

What makes You happy?

I'm doing LBL because I believe in the Power of Together.

I've signed up to Live Below the Line because together, we can make a real difference against global poverty. I'm inspired by the work of Tearfund and wanted to support them by raising money as part of my five-day challenge.

Please help me help them by giving whatever you can using the 'Donate' button. The more people that know about LBL, the greater the impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family.

Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot! Together, we're helping enable vulnerable families around the world to help themselves out of poverty.

Thank you to my Sponsors


Seok Im Soon

May GOD bless your good efforts....


Chong Guan Tan

Good work!


Daniel S

To the moon and back, Fam.


Charissa Tan


Queenie Tan



Eunice Chan

Good work! :)


Sassy Cat



Patti Kouwenberg

Charissa I hope you reach your target soon.