North Walsham Methodist Church youngsters sleep rough to help fund street children’s World Cup in Brazil 2014
PUBLISHED: 19:32 22 July 2012
© ARCHANT NORFOLK 2012
A dozen hardy youngsters aged 10-16 camped in cardboard under the stars outside North Walsham Methodist Church on Saturday in a sponsored event to raise money for a street children’s World Cup tournament in 2014, to be held alongside the real World Cup, in Brazil.
A launch event at the South African World Cup in 2010 drew worldwide attention to the children’s plight, according to Gina Luckwell, who runs the church’s Ten2Teens group with Anne Russen.
“Street children are not heard and not listened to,” she said. “It gave them a platform. Boys and girls both played - and India won.
“Previously street children in South Africa had been cleared off the streets but the government stopped it and a number of the children are now in foster care, or with families.”
The North Walsham fund-raiser began with a traditional Brazilian meal for children and adults which cost £10 a head. They were served a two-course dinner of South American potatoes seasoned with cumin and chillis, followed by feijoada, a meat and beans stew.
The meal was followed by a quiz. based on the World Cup and Brazil.
Organisers hope to raise about £500 with their efforts.