Street Child World Cup raised more than £30,000 at a recent dinner amid the beautiful surroundings of St John’s College Chapel, Cambridge, where host Clive Anderson led a lively discussion on how football can transform lives, and guests were invited to join SCWC on the ‘Road to Rio’. ’It was a fantastic evening. Our supporters’ generosity with their time, talent and treasure has bowled us over,’ said Adrian Reith, chair of SCWC.
If the setting of the chapel was inspirational, so too was the enthusiasm of guests who included fine art expert John Foster of Antiques Roadshow and Olympians Alex Scott and Kelly Smith, as well as former executive director of the Football Association, David Davies. John Foster proved hard to resist as he led an auction of prizes including signed football shirts from Barcelona and tickets to see England v South Africa at Twickenham.
However, the evening’s main event was the presentation of SCWC’s journey so far and its plans for its second tournament before the FIFA World Cup, in Brazil in 2014. Founder Chris Rose spoke about the issues facing millions of street children around the world, and guests watched films about how playing football really can help turn life around for some of the world’s most vulnerable children.
In Cambridge, SCWC found that the vision of helping street children to become ‘somebody’ is catching: 14 guests said they would show a film about SCWC to their friends, and 22 people said they wanted to arrange a fundraising event. With support such as this, SCWC has been given new impetus on the Road to Rio 2014 – when football will return to its spiritual home, Brazil.
Thanking everyone who took part in the Cambridge fundraiser, Adrian Reith said: ‘This [support] means everything – to children who have nothing.’
“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.”
“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 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.”