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Lads provide WOW factor in Haringey

Posted on 4 February 2010  - 12:00

Michael Dawson, Jermain Defoe and Sebastian Bassong joined young students at the St Francis de Sales RC Junior School in Haringey on Monday to take part in an educational workshop in support of SOS Children's World Orphan Week campaign.

Lads provide WOW factor in Haringey

Michael Dawson, Jermain Defoe and Sebastian Bassong joined young students at the St Francis de Sales RC Junior School in Haringey on Monday to take part in an educational workshop in support of SOS Children's World Orphan Week campaign.

The Spurs trio assisted Tottenham Hotspur Foundation teachers in delivering a South African themed education programme aimed at introducing the students to some of the issues facing children in other parts of the world.

The school workshop was part of the Club's aim to drive awareness of SOS Children's annual World Orphan Week campaign (8-14 Feb), which will "kick-off" at White Hart Lane on Saturday in our Premier League fixture against Aston Villa.

SOS Children, the world's largest orphan charity and the Club's official global charity partner, is asking people of all ages to 'Do Something Amazing' during World Orphan Week and help give orphaned and abandoned children a family for life.

Our goal during World Orphan Week is to help SOS Children secure 1,000 more sponsors and we would like you to join us!

Tottenham Hotspur's entire First Team and management have backed the campaign and each has signed up to sponsor an orphan in one of three countries - Haiti, South Africa and China.

Haiti, South Africa and China are three areas with specific relevance to Spurs. The Club has had a long-term relationship with SOS Children in South Africa having built an orphan house in Rustenburg. During the Club's pre season tour to China, ahead of the 2009/10 season, members of the first team visited orphans at a newly opened village in Beijing. And with so many of SOS Children's resources being channelled to Haiti, there's an increasing and pressing need to support the charity's efforts in the country.

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, natural disaster 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.

SOS Children has been the Club's global charity partner since 2007 and the Club has helped fund and construct the charity's orphan village in Rustenburg, including the development of the Tottenham Hotspur House.

The 'Spurs House', which is uniquely funded by monies received from players' fines, now provides orphaned children in Rustenburg with a family they can call their own.

You can help by visiting www.soschildrensvillages.org.uk to support World Orphan Week and making a donation - or even sponsoring a child. No deductions are made from the sponsors' payments for administration and 100% of your donation will go towards helping the child.

The Club will be dedicating the forthcoming match against Aston Villa at White Hart Lane on Saturday around promoting and raising awareness of the campaign.

Keep your eye on the website for more info on World Orphan Week!