As part of The Queen’s 2015 Birthday Honours List, for sale Mr Wroe has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) which recognises innovative and high impact work over a short duration (3-4 years).
Street Child United uses the power of sport and the arts to challenge the negative perceptions and treatment of millions of street children across the world. The charity is widely known for its flagship initiative, the Street Child World Cup – an international football tournament uniting teams of street children from across the world to play football and call for their rights to be realised.
Mr Wroe said, “I am truly honoured to receive the British Empire Medal from Her Majesty The Queen and the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in recognition of the work we do to improve the lives of street children across the world.
“It’s overwhelming what has been achieved in such a short space of time over the course of two hugely successful Street Child World Cup campaigns in 2010 and 2014 – from South Africa to Brazil we’ve provided a global platform for the voices of millions of the most marginalised children in the world.
“It has been made possible because of the incredible children we serve, our network of outstanding street child non-governmental organisations working everyday to support them, our founding partners and our supporters and volunteers. This honour reflects a real team effort!
“This award spurs us all on to ensure that street children receive the protection, support and opportunities that all children are entitled to.”
Lord Michael Hastings CBE and Chair of Street Child United said, “This timely honour for Street Child United and its founder John Wroe ?comes in recognition of his ambitious and sacrificial work in using the captivating power of football to give hope and encouragement to young players whose lives have been raw but whose hearts have been full of sporting energy, and who are transformed from the despised of the streets into young leaders who learn to serve others and build a future with discipline and team purpose. This is a proud moment for Street Child United and a spur to make each next kick the one that wins.”
“When ever people come across me they laugh. It seems like my mouth is zipped because they talk for us. I wish they could give us a chance to talk for ourselves.”
“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.”
“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.”