Monday 17 November, there Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
40 brave trekkers have completed a unique charity challenge of climbing the three peaks of Pedra Da Gávea (840m), Dois Irmãos (550m) and Corcovado (710m) in 24 hours on Monday 17 November. The aim is to raise vital funds for the work of the organisation of Street Child World Cup as it supports the rights of street children across the world. So far a fantastic £35,000 has been raised.
Street Child World Cup has received international support from Pope Francis, Princes William and Harry and footballers David Beckham and Bebeto. Brazilian World Cup winner and former Arsenal invincible Gilberto Silva who is an Ambassador for the organisation was there to congratulate the trekkers on their arrival to the finishing step at Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado mountain.
According to Gilberto Silva: “I’m delighted to congratulate every one taking part in this fantastic effort. Together, we are committed to the rights of the most vulnerable children on our streets and we know that through education and sport, each one of these children can leave the streets behind.”
The Rio 3 Peaks group included 15 British supporters and 25 Brazil-based supporters, who have all fundraised to take part. The trekkers were encouraged on their final peak by some of the young people the charity supports who joined them for the climb to Christ the Redeemer. These children come from the AMAR and Favela Street organisations working in Rio de Janeiro.
Joe Hewitt, Head of Brazil office, said: “The Rio 3 Peaks Challenge may seem crazy but so is the fact that children are living and working on our streets across the world. This is not ok and we are raising awareness and funds to support the rights of these children to a better future.”
The group started early setting out from Barrinha at 7am to take on Pedra Da Gávea first; the group split into three sub-groups and this peak took between three and five hours. From there; they were transported to the community of Vidigal, where they climbed to the spectacular summit of Dois Irmãos. Once they had descended the second peak they travelled to Parque Large to begin the final ascent to the finish at Christ the Redeemer atop of Corcovado.
Challenger Alex Pierides, 33 from Enfield said, “The Rio 3 peaks challenge is the most unique sporting trek I’ve ever experienced or seen before. Climbing 2,000m in 11 hours, meeting former street children and getting closer to the work that the Street Child World Cup does has been inspirational. A real highlight was collecting my medal at the top of Corcovado from my footballing hero Gilberto Silva. I cant wait to keep in touch with everyone I’ve met out here and spread the word more about the rights of street children across the world”
If you would like to get involved with Street Child World Cup we would love to hear from you, email Alexandra@streetchildunited.org or call 020 7324 4621 for more information
“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.”
“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, sales a platform to express their rights and celebrate their abilities – I’m proud to add my 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.”