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/ 1 August 2013

Street Child World Cup Candelaria remembrance

Last week (23 July), the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, joined Street Child World Cup on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral in remembrance of the eight children who died eleven years ago in the Candelária Massacre in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and to raise awareness of the issue of the millions of children who have no alternative but to sleep on the streets all over the world. The event follows the success of this year’s Diocesan Lent Appeal in raising £30,000 for the benefit of Street Child World Cup.

The Candelária Massacre occurred on July 23 1993 when a group of street children were shot by off-duty police officers as they slept on the streets outside Candelária Cathedral in Rio de Janeiro. Candelária had been a place of refuge for street children in Rio and this tragedy highlighted the constant dangers that children who are forced to live on the street face in their everyday lives.

This year, the Amos Trust and Street Child World cup joined together with local school children from Regent High, Camden, Richard Cloudesley School, Islington and Christ The Saviour School, Ealing and built a miniature City of London and favelas of Rio to help raise awareness of the cause. The outlines of the eight children who lost their lives at Candelária were traced on the ground in front of St Paul’s for passers-by to see. Meanwhile, inside the Cathedral, Chris Rose, the Director of Amos Trust, read the lesson and Canon Michael Colclough read a prayer for Street Children around the world.

Earlier in the year, the 2013 Diocesan Lent Appeal in support of Street Child World Cup raised £30,000 for this worthwhile cause through sleep outs, concerts, lent lunches, retiring collections and sponsored events.

The Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, said:

"I was so proud of the London children who were supporting the ‘Street Child World Cup’ in Brazil. Their enthusiasm was a tonic".

Street Child World Cup was set up in Durban, South Africa, to assist street children across the world and to challenge the cruel way they are often treated. At the next Football World Cup in 2014, sixteen teams of street children from five continents will come together in Rio to represent not only their countries (including Egypt, South Africa, Brazil, Philippines, and India) but the millions of street children around the world.

To find out how you can get involved with the Street Child World Cup please contact katie@nullamostrust.org or visit www.amostrust.org and www.streetchildworldcup.org.

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