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Hamilton travels to Manila with UNICEF

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30/03/2012

Lewis Hamilton spent two days in Manila this week with UNICEF, making a short film about street children that will be shown on TV in May.

The McLaren driver arrived in Manila on Monday, fresh from his race to third in the Malaysian Grand Prix finished, to meet the UNICEF team and the children they work with.

Most of the filming took place in the Binondo area of the city, where he met some of the estimated 85,000 children who live and work on the streets of Metro Manila and nearby localities, struggling to get enough food and stay healthy and often unable to go to school.

He spent time with a young ten year old boy called Reynold, who looks after both his younger brothers, Arnold (9) and Rico (2), by working and begging to earn money to buy food for his family to eat.

In the Philippines UNICEF and its partners like ChildHope are working to provide essential services for street children including mobile education services, regular health clinics, nutritious food and counselling support, as well as working to get them off the streets and into a safe community environment.

As the trip came to an end Lewis Hamilton said: "I hope that we have managed to make a film that will show the harsh reality for children who live on the streets in Manila and around the world. The young boys and girls who I have met today are really fantastic children, but they are living without the simple things that most people take for granted, like food, clean water and a safe place to sleep at night. It shouldn't be like this.'

"But I've also seen how UNICEF and their partners are helping them and changing their lives for the better. Just a little money can make a huge difference for vulnerable children living tough lives around the world. Please, buy a ticket for Soccer Aid in May, or watch the programme and make a donation. It could be the difference between life and death for a child."

The film will be shown on ITV1 during Soccer Aid on May 27th.

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