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/ 23 January 2014

Young people sleep rough at All Saints’ Harrow Weald to raise money for street children in Guatemala

Young people from All Saints’ church in Harrow Weald have braved the cold to sleep rough behind the church to raise money for Street Kids Direct, a charity that helps street children in Guatemala.

The group of ten, aged between 12 and 14, built shelters out of cardboard boxes, bubble-wrap and plastic sheets and spent the night in the open air next to All Saints’, accompanied by five adult leaders. The event not only allowed the group to raise £3,500 in sponsorship for Street Kids Direct, but helped deepen their understanding of the plight of street children, as a video link was set up with Guatemala and they were able to talk directly with charity founder Duncan Dyason and a number children being helped by Street Kids Direct.

During the call, Duncan responded to the initiative:

"The amount your team of young people have raised is AMAZING and so appreciated. Your support really does make a difference and I want to thank you for all the work you put in."

The church’s youth leader, Quinton Stowell, added:

"This was really powerful in enabling the young people to connect with those they were raising money for.

"On reflection the next day they did comment that it was a difficult challenge, but at least they knew it was only for one night unlike some less fortunate Street Kids in Guatemala."


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