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On Friday 8th March members of St Bride's Church, Fleet Street, slept on the streets in support of the Street Child World Cup. The rough sleep was designed to raise awareness of the millions of children across the world that work or live on the streets.
Over 20 supporters came together at St Bride's Church on Fleet Street for the sleep-out challenge. Of course all those taking part were within a safe environment which children on the street are never guaranteed.
Participants enjoyed a taster of Latin culture through taking part in a salsa dance class, tough by Jorge Hurtado, a Salsa and Latin Folklore teacher for the last 10 years, followed by social Latin dancing, music mixed by DJ G from Exilio Latin Dance Club, and then watching a film.
The sleepers then had to settle down to try and experience a night sleeping on the streets, and a fraction of the hardships faced by street children on a daily basis.
"It was a cold, and noisy night, it was a hard night." - Nicola Fuller
"We've come back to a warm house but for children who sleep rough because they're homeless, it's so dangerous." - Gloria Lizcano & Lina Lopez
"It's great if it raises the profile of the charity and homelessness in general." - Ruth Sanchez
St Bride's is supporting this cause as the Street Child World Cup in Rio, 2014 aims to improve public perception and the treatment of street children around the world highlighting the potential that every street child has when afforded the right protection and opportunities the deserve.
David Meara, Rector of St Bride's, commented "Street Child World Cup is all about giving children who have so little a sense of purpose and self-esteem, through engaging them in team football. Their work can change lives and I give it my full support."
St Bride's Church raised over £5,000 for Street Child World Cup through the rough sleep. The Street Child World Cup are holding their own rough sleep - the Big City Sleep - on Friday 15th March.
During the night the sleepers were treated to very nice Italian food, donated by Focaccia, 23 Bride Lane, London EC4Y 8DT and to morning coffee, croissants and biscuits donated by LBS Office solutions, http://www.lbsofficesolutions.co.uk.