Street Child Holds Double Celebration at Kensington Palace
22nd November 2018 – Sarah, Duchess of York and Princess Eugenie were guests of the charity Street Child at a gala dinner held at Kensington Palace to mark the charity’s 10th birthday and the launch of their ‘Count Me In’ campaign.
Started in 2008, the charity exists to support children in some of the world’s toughest places into education. From an original project supporting 100 street children in Sierra Leone, the charity has to date supported 200,000 vulnerable children and now operates in 10 countries.
Street Child is marking its birthday by launching its most ambitious fundraising campaign to date. The charity is celebrating a birthday boost to its appeal, as all public donations received between today and 21 February 2019 will be doubled by the UK Government. This will enable Street Child to ensure even more children go to school.
Street Child’s ‘Count Me In’ campaign will highlight that there are 121 million school-aged children around the world who are not in education. It will also show how millions more are in school but fail to learn because the resources simply aren’t good enough. The charity is aiming to raise up to £2 million from the public, and is vowing to fight for a world where it is seen as unacceptable for a child not to be in education.
Princess Eugenie and her sister Princess Beatrice became global ambassadors for Street Child earlier in the year following its merger with the charity Children in Crisis, which was founded by their mother Sarah, Duchess of York. This is the first time that either of the Princesses has attended a Street Child event.
Street Child patron, Sarah, Duchess of York, said: “At Street Child, we believe that education is a fundamental right. It’s a tragedy and a scandal that there are 121 million school-aged children around the world who aren’t able to go to school.
Street Child provides simple and sustainable solutions, whether that’s buying uniforms and learning materials, training teachers or refurbishing classrooms and building schools to ensure that children have access to education.”
Sarah, Duchess of York continued: “I recently visited one of the poorest and most remote parts of Nepal with Street Child and was so inspired by the hopes of the children I met. All they want is a chance, and people donating to this campaign can give them that chance. A donation of £15, doubled to £30, will pay for the fees, uniform and learning materials for a child for a whole year.”
“I am really delighted that my daughters Eugenie and Beatrice are also getting involved as ambassadors for the charity – it’s the next generation coming forward to try to make a difference.”
Street Child’s CEO Tom Dannatt, commented: “I am utterly thrilled that we are marking Street Child’s 10th birthday in style with the launch of our ‘Count Me In’ campaign and our UK Aid Match appeal whereby all public donations received between today and 21 February 2019, will be doubled by the UK Government. This is quite simply the best birthday present ever and a wonderful way to celebrate Street Child’s journey from 100 to 200,000 children and we are ambitious to do so much more in the next 10 years”
For more information on Street Child’s ‘Count Me In’ appeal, please visit: www.street-child.co.uk/count-me-in
NOTES TO THE EDITOR
Street Child is an NGO that works in the world’s toughest places to help some of the most vulnerable children have access to education.
· Street Child’s projects are designed to help ensure that children whose educational opportunities are at risk can sustainably access their right to a seat in the classroom.
· Street Child is dedicated to empowering vulnerable children through education in some of the world’s toughest places. Since our launch in 2008, Street Child has given more than 200,000 children access to education.
· Whether working with children on the streets, those in rural communities that have no schools, or in crisis areas where children’s ability to learn has been adversely affected, Street Child is committed to transforming lives through child protection and increased access to education with a core focus on sustainable responses.
· Street Child’s head office is in London. It also has offices in Barcelona and San Francisco.
About UK Aid Match
UK Aid Match brings charities, British people and the UK government together to change the lives of some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.
For every £1 given by the public to a UK Aid Match charity appeal, the government adds £1 from the UK’s international development budget.
Over the last five years 42 organisations from across the UK have run UK Aid Match projects in 27 developing countries, helping around 25 million people.
UK Aid Match gives everyone in the UK a say in how the UK’s aid money is spent. It boosts the impact of high quality projects that improve the lives of poor people in developing countries.
For more information, please visit ukaidmatch.org.
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Street Child is a registered charity in England & Wales no. 1128536