The British Consulate in Rio and Street Child United Brazil have teamed up to bring amputee David to the Paralympic Games, and meet his Paralympic heroes.
David represented Brazil at the Street Child Games earlier this year as an athlete and ambassador for street children worldwide. After he returned home he was involved in an accident in which he lost his leg. It’s amazing he survived, but his life has been forever changed.
After many surgeries David is recovering well and is looking ahead to the next phase of his life with a hugely positive outlook. He had dreamed of becoming a footballer, but has now spoken of his new ambition to become a Paralympic swimmer.
This week he joined us in Rio for the Paralympics, watching the sports events, visiting the athlete’s village and meeting some of Team GB’s incredible gold medal winning athletes including Jonnie Peacock, Jodie Cundy and Will Bayley.
In an interview with ITV News David said, “So many Paralympians are inspiring, I found it amazing to watch people with only one leg jumping, running and cycling, and to see what they can do,”
And it isn’t just David who has been inspired, Team GB footballer Michael Barker said, “I was really surprised, I’ve played with amputees before, I always admire them – it’s a bit hard when they hit you in the leg with crutches but (how far he’s come is) unbelievable.”
Street Child United supported an appeal raising money to improve David’s family home in Fortaleza, north Brazil, to increase his quality of life, enable a continued return to normality and improve the living situation of his whole family who are adjusting to his new reality.
The appeal ran throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games raising over £3000 – thank you for your 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.”
“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.”