Thursday 19th of November, we were delighted to welcome over 300 supporters to the Emirates Stadium for the 2015 Gala Dinner, raising in excess of £50,000 for our work using sport to challenge the negative perceptions and treatment of street children.
We were joined by special guest, Arsenal Invincible, Brazil World Cup winner and SCU Ambassador, Gilberto Silva – who had flown over especially all the way from Brazil – and fellow SCU Ambassador, Arsenal Ladies Captain and England international, Alex Scott.
The Brazilian-inspired Gala Dinner celebrated our impact so far and raised funds towards the first-ever Street Child Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In March 2016, ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, former street children from up to 18 countries will come together for a week of Olympic-inspired sports, a festival of arts and a Congress for street children’s rights. The Games will symbolise the potential of every child, regardless of their background – inspiring the world to commit to the rights of street children.
Gilberto Silva, said, “I’m honoured to be back at Arsenal to support the work of Street Child United. I’m a proud Ambassador and in 2016 we will host the Street Child Games in Rio and once again use the power of sport to celebrate the potential of every child, no matter their background, to reach their full potential.”
Alex Scott said, “Playing sport gave me so many opportunities – it gave me the opportunity to be Somebody! I thank Street Child United for giving me an opportunity to be part of such an amazing organisation.”
Guests were entertained by our host for the evening, Sky Sports presenter, David Garrido.
David Garrido reflected on the evening, “The Gala Dinner was a fantastic and emotional night – I was blown away by our speakers, there was so much energy in the room and it was an amazing effort to raise so much money.
Street Child United does some incredible work to make a real impact in improving the lives of street children – for such a young charity it has made giant strides in such a short space of time.
In an Olympic year, the Street Child Games in Rio will not only be a celebration and show what extraordinary people these kids are, but it will also be an unmissable opportunity to highlight the issues their peers face every day.”
Also in attendance were the girls from Islington Council Independent Futures who represented England at the 2014 Street Child World Cup. Since returning the team have continued to support their peers in Rio and street children across the world through awareness and fundraising activities.
At the Gala Dinner, Team England’s Camille and Sam thanked guests for supporting the work we do and highlighted why it is vital street children’s voices are heard in order to challenge negative perceptions.
Camille said, “Before the Street Child World Cup we saw ourselves as the world and the media portrayed us, which was not in a very flattering way. In the 10 days we were in Brazil we were changed more than we could have ever imagined.
The children taking part in the Street Child World Cup are some of the strongest children we have ever met, and they taught us to be hopeful of our situation, that our situation would change and that we had the power to change it.”
Street Child United, CEO, John Wroe: “I am overwhelmed on occasions like these because I am reminded how vitally important the work we do is, by the scale of the opportunity, by the inspiration of the children and their partners, by how much people care, by the generosity of strangers and friends.”
If you would like to donate or pledge your support for the Street Child Games then you can, simply head to our donate page and give a gift today. Your support will help provide a platform for street children’s voices to be heard, challenging negative perceptions of street children, transforming the way they are treated across the world.
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“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.”
“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.”