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/ 14 February 2013

Street Child World Cup Lent Appeal launched

On Ash Wednesday (13 February), the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, kicked off this year’s Diocesan Lent Appeal, in support of The Amos Trust and Street Child World Cup on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral.

The Bishop was joined for the launch by the Revd Chris Rose, founder of Street Child World Cup, and members of different parishes in London that will be actively fundraising for the appeal over the coming months.

Various parishes have been particularly active in fundraising ideas to raise money for this year’s Street Child World Cup. The Revd Bob Mayo of St Stephen’s and St Thomas’ Church, Shepherd’s Bush, will be running a marathon in Gaza alongside the Revd Chris Rose in April to raise both money and awareness. On March 15, Street Child World Cup are hosting a ‘Big City Sleep’ at Spitalfields Market in London which is open to all to see if they can handle just one night sleeping rough. The congregation of Christ the Saviour in Ealing will take part, camping out with children from Christ the Saviour Primary School. They will also hold a jazz concert later in May.

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 (such as Egypt, South Africa, Brazil, Philippines, and India) but to actively support millions of street children around the world.

The Street Child World Cup 2012 gained the support of, among others, David Beckham and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. It also heralded the first international street child conference and drew up the Durban Declaration, a human rights manifesto for street children, which was presented to the UN Committee on Human Rights and governments across the world.

The Bishop of London said:

"I am so glad that we are able to make the Amos Trust and the Street Child World Cup the focus of our Diocesan Lent Appeal for 2013. This is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference for millions of street children who deserve a future free from fear, neglect and abuse".

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