14 reasons to donate to #Challenge14

Posted on the 6th June 2018

#Challenge14 is underway and our brave volunteers have already walked six marathons in six days, completing 26.2 miles in London, Brussels, Paris, Zurich, Belgrade and Zagreb. They’ve now walked more than 150 miles, but still have 183 miles – seven marathons in seven days – left to go!

The incredible distances the volunteers are walking and their amazing effort isn’t the only reason you should donate to #Challenge14. Here’s the sort of impact donating to Street Child United can make:

1 – In the Street Child World Cup: The Future Depends On You 2018, the young people presented a message at the General Assembly calling for an end to stigmatization of street-connected young people, protection and support from their governments, for all children to receive a legal identity at birth and access to education and healthcare. To continue to share their message with governments, communities and individuals across the world, we need your support.

2 – After the Street Child World Cup 2018, Team Tanzania Girls were welcomed home by the President of Tanzania and 60,000 people at half time of a national football match.

3 – Team Philippines Girls, who reached the semi-finals of the Street Child World Cup, shared their stories and hopes for the future in this video.

4 – On their return from the Street Child World Cup 2018, Team Bolivia Girls presented their General Assembly message, campaigning for legal identity and birth certificates for street-connected young people, directly to the President of the Bolivian Senate.

5 – Three of our Alumni, who have taken part in the previous Street Child United events and came to the Street Child World Cup 2018, told their stories to the Guardian.

6 – Team Pakistan Boys, who finished second in the Street Child World Cup, were invited to attend a session of the Pakistan National Assembly where a special announcement was made in honour of their achievements in Moscow.

7 – The stories of the young people from the Street Child World Cup 2018 were the cover story of the Big Issue.

8 – The Ambassadors of the United Kingdom, Tanzania, Kenya and Burundi met the teams from their countries during the Street Child World Cup 2018.

9 – The Street Child World Cup 2018 Arts programme allowed the young people taking part to communicate beyond language barriers and for professional artists to share the event’s message with a wider audience.

10 – For young people like Habib, who played for Team India Boys in the Street Child World Cup 2014, the event is a key step in their personal development. He has now passed his school exams and hopes to become a football coach.

11 – After the Street Child World Cup 2018 Team Indonesia Boys were invited on to a national television chat show to share their stories and campaign for their rights.

12 – Drika, who captained Team Brazil Girls at the Street Child World Cup 2014 and coached Team Brazil Girls at the Street Child World Cup 2018, was named as one of the BBC’s 100 Inspirational Women in 2017.

13 – The Street Child World Cup 2018 received more than 250 pieces of media coverage across the world, reaching an audience of millions. More than 130,000 people watched a live-stream of the finals on Goal.

14 – For the young people taking part in the Street Child World Cup 2018, learning about each other’s cultures and making friends from across the world was a profound experience.

You can donate to #Challenge14 here – thanks for your support!

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