Picture the scene, It's Saturday night and you are settling down with your nearest and dearest for a warm, cosy night in front of the box. Maybe you're a "Strictly" fan, maybe X Factor's your thing or maybe you're looking forward to watching that thing you Sky plussed weeks ago. You can hear the popping cork of a nice bottle of red and then a knock on the front door... the takeaway has arrived! The aroma fills the room as does the anticipation of a hungry family as they frantically sort out plates and cutlery. Yum Yum! What a lovely evening!
Well, please spare a thought for us guys & gals at Imperial Corporate Events who will be sleeping rough, open to the harshest UK elements on the floor of a freezing car park. Starting at 7pm on Saturday 17th October and ending 7am on Sunday 18th October.
We are raising money for an amazing children's charity called Street Child United.
This "Sleep Out" is in recognition of some of the terrible conditions that street children must endure each and every night.
We have recently entered into an ongoing charitable partnership with this fantastic organisation. You may have heard of them during the Football World Cups in South Africa and Brazil. They were behind the first ever Street Child World Cup in Cape Town and the second in Rio!
We are planning a string of fundraising events to include among others a Charity Dinner, Cake Bakes, Car Boot Sales, Ladies Nights, Quiz Nights etc etc. In total we will hopefully raise over £60,000!
PLEASE GIVE WHAT YOU CAN - THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
Here are some examples of the impact this charity can have.
Pele – Legend: “I scored my 1,000th goal in Rio de Janeiro and I offered my 1,000th goal to children. I am very happy to be part of Pele Sports which will work with SCWC to be held in Rio de Janeiro”
David Beckham – Former England Captain: “I know from personal experience just what power football can have to inspire and change young people’s lives whatever their background or nationality. This is what the Street Child World Cup is all about and I give it my full support. I look forward to Brazil in 2014 when street children from around the world will play football and represent the millions of children who still live or work on our streets.”
Sir Alex Ferguson, Former Manchester United Manager: “I am delighted that the first Street Child World Cup will take place in South Africa where I know there is a huge passion for football. No child should have to live on the streets and I fully endorse this campaign giving street children a voice to claim their rights”
Archbishop Desmond Tutu – Elder: “The Street Child World Cup demonstrates the tremendous potential of every single child, and especially street children, who are so often treated as less than human. I am proud that the first ever Street Child World Cup will take place in South Africa – and I urge all governments to guarantee the rights of this most marginalised group of their citizens to lives in which their promise is fulfilled.”
Thandie Newton – Actress: “The Street Child World Cup hosted by Umthombo is a wonderful opportunity to hear the forgotten voices of Street Children – often marginalised, this is their time to be heard and to shine on the world stage. From the football field to governments across the world, this is a chance to celebrate the talent that every child has.”
Theo Walcott – Arsenal and England Forward: “I’ve played football as a teenager with the world watching me. The Street Child World Cup is a brilliant project which will help hundreds of thousands of teenagers who have been forced to live on the streets by getting the world to listen to them and give them a fair chance.”
Edith Bowman – BBC Broadcaster: “The Street Child World Cup is a superb campaign, bringing to attention the issues faced by some of the most vulnerable children in the world”
Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP – Former Prime Minister: “No child should have to live on the streets. I commend the Street Child World Cup for providing a platform for the rights of street children to be heard.”
Manny Pacquiao – boxer “I experienced hardcore street life in my youth. I know what it’s like. I congratulate the Street Child World Cup project in it’s commitment to bring attention to the plight of Street Children through the power of football.”
Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP – former Minister for the Olympics: “I was thrilled to hear about the inspiring work being done by the Street Child World Cup. Once again, this event has given us a most powerful reminder of the transformational capacity of sport – as an end in itself but also with the power to unlock otherwise impossible dreams and change the lives of young people. I know from my own experience just how powerful sport can be, and I wish the Street Child World Cup every success.”
Gary Lineker OBE – former England striker: “The Street Child World Cup will use this game, which is loved all over the world, to help give kids a fairer deal. No child should have to be on the street.”
Sven-Goran Eriksson – Former England manager: “The language of football is universal. Everywhere I’ve been I have witnessed at first hand the power it has to engage and excite people from across the world. The Street Child World Cup is great example of how this can be used to raise awareness and make an important difference to the lives of those young people that really need our help”
David Seaman – Former Arsenal and England Goalkeeper: “Football and footballers aren’t always in the headlines for the right reasons but the Street Child World Cup harnesses the power of grassroots football to change vulnerable young peoples’ lives for the better across the world through the talent that they have. Good luck to all those taking part.”
Andriy Shevchenko – former Dynamo Kyiv and Ukraine Captain: “No child should have to be on the streets. I am proud to support the Ukrainian team at the Street Child World Cup. Street children need the chance to show the world their potential.”
Wilson Palacios – former Tottenham and Honduras Midfielder: “It was a privilege to be invited to the launch of the Street Child World Cup at Downing Street. It gives children a voice through football, a platform to express their rights and celebrate their abilities – I’m proud to add my support”
Eduardo – former Arsenal and Croatia Forward: “Seeing young people enjoying the magic of football is what the game is all about and I feel honoured to be supporting the event for street children taking place in South Africa. The Street Child World Cup is a fantastic grassroots initiative giving a voice to street children through the positive power of football. It’s an example of football making headlines for the right reasons. Good luck to all those taking part!”
Aaron Mokoena – Portsmouth Midfielder and South Africa’s Captain and most capped player: “I am proud that the first ever Street Child World Cup will be held in my country in 2010. Football has the power to unite people from all over the world and gives young people the discipline and focus to let their true talent shine. No child should have to sleep on the street. I am delighted that the Street Child World Cup will celebrate these children’s potential and call for their rights to be realised.Good luck to all the teams but especially the South African team Umthombo from Durban!”
Lord David Triesman – Former F.A. Chairman: “The Football Association commends initiatives such as the Street Child World Championships which use the power of football to make a difference to people’s lives”
Gus Poyet – former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Brighton and Hove Albion Manager: “My career is testament to the global village that football has become. The Street Child World Cup is a groundbreaking campaign highlighting the essential rights that all children must be given. From Montevideo via Brighton and down to Durban – let’s spread the word!”
Sam Allardyce – West Ham United Manager: “South Africa 2010 will be watched by most of the World. The Street Child World Cup is the ultimate opportunity for us all to invest in the grassroots of football. Great campaign.”
Owen Coyle – Bolton Wanderers Manager: “The power of football in the community is undeniable and football is now a global community. I support the Street Child World Cup in raising awareness and support through football for the most vulnerable in our community: street children”
Alan Curbishley – Former Charlton and West Ham Manager: “Throughout my career I have been an advocate of community development through football and the Street Child World Cup is an excellent example of uniting through football in support of young people across the World.”
Pope Francis blessed the SCWC and declared it a ‘significant initiative’ alongside praise from Prince William, Duke of Cambridge showing solidarity with the teams, letting them know they are not alone. Visitors to the tournament included World Cup winners Bebeto and Arsenal ‘invincible’ Gilberto Silva. As a result Gilberto Silva is now an official patron.
The finals day was attended by UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne alongside Lord Deighton, former Chief Executive of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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