Friday, October 14, 2011
Blogathon: The Homeless World Cup
One of the organisations I'll be fundraising for is the Homeless World Cup.
There are one billion homeless people in the world today.
That figure is so big as to be almost incomprehensible.
Football, through the Homeless World Cup, is playing its part in solving that problem.
The Homeless World Cup is an annual international football tournament.
It gives homeless people the chance to rebuild their lives by providing them with a focus, a motivation and a stability that they have lacked.
Over 70 percent of the players go on to change their lives. They might come off drugs or alcohol, find jobs, find homes, get an education, reunite with their families.
Some even find careers in professional or semi-professional football.
But the Homeless World Cup is about more than just the annual tournament. It is a unique, pioneering social enterprise which exists to end homelessness. It uses football to energise homeless people to change their own lives.
There is now a network of grass roots projects in over 70 countries around the world.
Those projects support over 50,000 people. Giving hope, changing lives.
Football is universally recognised, simple to organise, inclusive of different ages, men and women, all abilities.
Sometimes it doesn't know how to use that power. It can be bloated and greedy.
But it can also be a force for good, it can help bring about social change.
The Homeless World Cup is doing that every day, across the world.
By supporting the blogathon - by donating, by getting involved on Twitter or simply by spreading the word - you can help do a tiny little bit to support this fantastic organisation.
Football can't help end homelessness?
We might think that.
But a group of homeless guys from across Scotland probably didn't believe that they'd become world champions.
When we put our minds to it football really can change the world.
Donate to the Scottish Football Blog Blogathon, 19 November 2011