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'A day I'll never forget'

Posted on 16 June 2010  - 12:00

Michael Dawson spoke of a ‘special day' after he met the orphan he sponsors and visited the Tottenham Hotspur House at the SOS Children's Village in Rustenburg, South Africa.

Michael Dawson spoke of a ‘special day' after he met the orphan he sponsors and visited the Tottenham Hotspur House at the SOS Children's Village in Rustenburg, South Africa.

The popular defender took time out from England's World Cup camp to visit the village on Tuesday and meet 12-year-old Aubrey, who he sponsored as part of the Club's support for SOS Children's World Orphan Week in February.

‘Daws' and the rest of the first team along with team management and coaches all sponsored an SOS Children orphan as part of WOW.

He admitted it was a day he wouldn't forget. "It was an unbelievable afternoon for me, especially to go and meet Aubrey," said Michael, who played football with Aubrey and dished out England goodies to the rest of the children with England team-mate Matthew Upson.

"He was a great little lad and a good little footballer as well.

"Earlier in the year the club supported SOS Children's World Orphan Week, we went into schools to make kids aware of it and that's when all the lads sponsored an orphan. I'd never met Aubrey, just seen a picture, so to see him was fantastic.

Daws

"It was an emotional visit and it's great to see these kids all happy, all playing together.

"They are all orphans and it's scary to think what they've been through. The SOS Village is their new life. They are well looked after and they are happy.

"It was great to actually go there, see where the lads' fine money went and see where we've helped as individual players and the club as a whole.

"I also got the chance to meet Aubrey and those memories will stay with me."

SPURS AND SOS CHILDREN

The Club has a long-term relationship with SOS Children and has financed the construction of the Tottenham Hotspur orphan house in Rustenburg, which is uniquely funded by monies received from players' fines.

SOS Children's Village in Rustenburg opened in 2006 in North West Province. There are ten family homes for 100 orphaned and vulnerable children. There is also a family support programme to help orphaned and vulnerable children and their families affected by HIV/AIDS.

The Spurs house currently houses eight children along with SOS mother Patrica.

Daws

The SOS Children's Village in Rustenburg is one of the first SOS 'SMI' Villages - Solid Integrated Model - which means, unlike other Villages, the houses are integrated into an existing community estate.

The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation annually visits the village in Rustenburg as part of their community work. The visiting group meet with children and staff in the village and facilitate football coaching sessions.

There are 145 million orphaned children in the world. 100 million more have been abandoned to live on the streets. SOS Children is the world's largest orphan charity and provides a family for life for children who have lost their parents through war, famine, disease and poverty.

Over 78,000 orphaned and abandoned children are cared for by SOS mothers in clusters of family homes in more than 500 Children's Villages in 124 countries worldwide.

In May the Club launched an exclusive Spurs World Cup t-shirt in partnership with SOS Children.

The 'Spurs in South Africa' themed World Cup t-shirt is only available in Tottenham Hotspur stores and via Spurs online, with all profits from sales going towards the Club's work with SOS Children.

To purchase a t-shirt and support the charity CLICK HERE...