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Football supports street children in need

5th September 2010

Young coaches based in Newcastle’s West End are fundraising to take their skills to help young people in Eastern Europe and Brazil.

It follows their successful visit to Durban to work with street children during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Their achievements were recorded in an hour-long documentary Durban Lions made with the support of Digital Voice.

The Hat-Trick community project raised the funds to take part in the initiative run by the Lionsraw charity, based in Middlesbrough. They wanted to ensure that local people in need in South Africa were not left out of the international football event.

Their film was screened the day after the World Cup Final to an audience of more than 200 at Newcastle Civic Centre. Hosted by TV presenter Roger Tames, the film shared the highs and lows of their demanding visit – the delight in helping young people and also the strains of seeing lives without family and often without hope.

Digital Voice team Sue Drummond and Kall Richardson worked with organiser Mark Oliver - pictured centre - and Hat-Trick coaches before their departure to plan the overseas shoot, and afterwards edited their material.

The DVD is available for purchase from Hat-Trick with funds helping them prepare for similar visits to the European Championships in Ukraine and Poland, and the next World Cup in Brazil.

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