Sleepover for Brazilian street children

Happy Child, a UK charity is organising a mass-sleepover in Surrey to raise money to help street and ‘at risk’ children in Brazil – and is calling on kids to take part.

The SLUMber Challenge will take place overnight between Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June at Bentley Copse Campsite in Shere, Surrey, and is open to children aged 13-18. Teams of four will be challenged to build and spend the night in their own ‘slum’ outdoors. All money raised will go towards Happy Child International, the Leatherhead charity that provides accommodation, food and healthcare to street and at-risk children in the Brazilian cities of Belo Horizonte and Recife.

The SLUMber Challenge will start with a ten kilometre hike beginning at Gomshall Railway Station, south-west of Guildford, and ending at Bentley Copse Campsite. Participants will cook a Brazilian stew outdoors – ingredients provided – and will then build their ‘slums’ using cardboard, plastic sheeting and rope that will be given to them.

Registration costs £10 and participants will be asked to raise at least £35 each in sponsorship. A registration pack will be provided to everyone registered to take part and t-shirts will be made available. First-aiders will be present throughout the SLUMber Challenge and there will be prizes for the team that raises the most money.

To take part in the fun, please contact Beth Townend at Happy Child on beth.townend@happychild.org or 01372 375 848.

Happy Child was founded in 1993 and runs an emergency reception centre, six care homes and an eco-farm for children at risk in and around Belo Horizonte in the south-east of Brazil. The charity also runs one care home in Recife in the north-east of the country. In eighteen years the charity has helped 8,500 children through a twelve step programme that includes the rehabilitation and reintegration of street children back into their communities. For more information about the charity please visit happychild.org.

You can read about Sarah de Carvalho, the founder of Happy Child, and the author of a new book Solomon’s Song in our article Play It Again Solomon.

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