Fans may remember Michael Dawson’s visit to the SOS Children’s Village in Rustenburg, South Africa, during last summer’s World Cup.
The defender had the memorable moment of meeting 12-year-old Aubrey, the orphan he had sponsored as part of the Club’s partnership with the world’s largest orphan charity.
In the latest issue of The Players Club, the official publication of the PFA, ‘Daws’ gives an exclusive interview in which he describes how moved he was to see for himself the impact such initiatives can have on young lives.
He says: "To meet Aubrey, it was actually moving. To realise he had an awful lot compared to what he'd had maybe months, years before, and what he'd gone through. For him, it felt like he'd won the lottery because he had a roof over his head, he was getting an education, he had a parent who was looking after him.
“We went out onto the football field and the kids just loved it, absolutely loved it. He [Aubrey] was great; he just loved football and he looked as though he was a talented little kid. It was great that we can help in the little way that we do. You see the smiles on the kids’ faces. That memory will stay with me.
"Credit to the lads, because we do sponsor them and it's great, not just by the players but by Tottenham Hotspur being involved in this.”
‘Daws’ goes on to speak about his and his team-mates’ continued support of our official charitable body, the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, as well as life away from football.
The Players Club is a lifestyle magazine distributed directly only to members of the PFA each month.
But thanks to the kind permission of The Players Club and the PFA, this exclusive article with ‘Daws’ is available for download in pdf format HERE…
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