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The Big City Sleep 2014 for Street Children in Brazil

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by Peter Watts (subscribe)
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Dance and shiver in aid of street children
Big City Sleep ABC Trust
Big City Sleep raising money for ABC Trust - image screenshot from video

Looking outside at the moment the skies are cold and mostly wet, so who, in their right mind, would want to sleep out on the street? And why would I want to join them? On Friday 24 October, Spitalfields Market in central London will host the Big City Sleep. I will be joining others sleeping out for the night in order to raise money for the 24,000 or so children who sleep out on streets every night in Brazil.

The money raised will go to charities like ABC Trust who work directly with vulnerable children in Brazil. I will be joining Tiffany Garside, the charities' CEO, and other workers who have put their sleeping bags where their mouth is for the night. Here is a short film made about the event last year:

Support or Attend

Big City Sleep ABC Trust
Sleeping under cardboard at the Big City Sleep - image from video

If you would like to be part of this then you can be either sponsoring us, or, if you are brave enough, sign up and join us for the night. Registration costs 25 with a 150 fundraising target for the night. This short film will give you some information about what they do in Brazil and the impact it is having on children's lives.

What ABC Trust is doing - watch on Vimeo

During the Night

For those who attend, the night does contain some activities to help keep us warm (at least for a part). These will include a silent disco (yep, I wonder what that will be like too), authentic Brazilian dance lessons, great food and art, a wonderful DJ, the chance to contribute to a cardboard favela and a super secret film screening that has yet to be announced.

ABC Trust and the World Cup

ABC Trust World Cup Auction
Football Auction held for ABC Trust Peter Watts

ABC Trust worked hard to raise the profile of children in Brazil during the 2014 World Cup. Every 90 minutes a child in Brazil is murdered in gang and drug related violence. This means that during every football (or rugby) match you watch, a child will be killed. If this statistic shocks you, and you want to make a difference, then you can by giving to the Big City Sleep or donate directly to ABC Trust and other organisations that are working in this field.

ABC Trust World Cup Auction
Volunteers at the ABC Trust Football Auction Peter Watts

Of course, the World Cup has moved on, as has the media spotlight, but the children, and that "1 every 90 minute" statistic, still remains.
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Why? Raising money for street children in Brazil
When: 7pm Friday 24 October to 7am Saturday
Phone: 44 (0) 20 7261 0550
Where: Spitalfields Market
Cost: 25 registration with 150 fundraising target, or just donate any amount
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