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Lads visit SOS Children's Village

Heurelho Gomes, Wilson Palacios and Carlo Cudicini visited the newly-opened SOS Children's Village in Beijing on Thursday.

Heurelho Gomes, Wilson Palacios and Carlo Cudicini visited the newly-opened SOS Children's Village in Beijing on Thursday.

The lads met the first group of orphaned children inducted into the SOS Children's Village in Daxing, Beijing, as part of our visit to China and to mark our support for the charity.

The village provides a home for children who cannot, for whatever reason, grow up with their natural family.

It was all smiles as we arrived and the lads were presented with flowers by the children before a guided tour of the village.

After stopping for autographs it was straight to the play area where the lads joined in with a mini-football match using football equipment provided by the club. The children were joined by pupils from Daxing No2 Primary School.

An hour later and after a few group photographs it was time to say goodbye. All three players later spoke of their admiration for the project.

Beijing is the 10th SOS Children's Village since the charity entered China in 1984. These villages have been built in Tianjin, Yantai, Qiqihar, Nanchang, Kaifeng, Chengdu, Putian, Urumqi, Lhasa and finally Beijing.

At full capacity, up to 120 children will find a new home in one of the 15 houses and there will be 100 children in the village by the end of the year.

Lads arrive

Children present flowers


In 2007, Tottenham Hotspur launched a four-year international charity partnership with SOS Children's Villages.

Since the launch of the partnership, the Club has worked with the charity on a number of initiatives, including financing the construction of the Tottenham Hotspur House in Rustenburg South Africa.

The Tottenham Hotspur House, which is uniquely and completely funded by monies received from players' fines, aims to provide orphaned children in South Africa with a family that they can call their own.

The SOS Children's Village Rustenburg is situated in a suburb called Tlhabane West, a particularly needy area of Rustenburg, which forms part of the North West province that has a high number of orphaned and vulnerable children.

Lads shown around

Wilson signs

Gomes with his team

Gomes gets stuck in

Gomes with the kids


Kids and adopted mothers

SOS Children's Village, Beijing