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Sleep rough for Brazilian street kids

The Bluecoat has already done bed-ins Now for something a little less luxurious

Written by . Published on June 7th 2011.

Sleep rough for Brazilian street kids

DO you think you are up to sleeping rough in the city centre?

If you think you could have a go, there's an aid organisation for Brazilian street children that would love to hear from you.

The Action for Brazil’s Children Trust is inviting people in Liverpool to ditch their duvets for a cardboard box next month with a Big City Sleep.

Brazilica-Light-Night.jpgIt's part of the huge BRAZILICA festival taking place over the weekend of July 15-17.

“We want Liverpool to come and have a go if you think you’re hardy-enough...” they say.

While three days of very hard partying gets under way, with the biggest Brazilian carnival in the UK planned, the ABC Trust wants to remind revellers that Brazil is as much about abject poverty and misery as samba, sun and soccer.

There are currently an estimated 7 million children living and working on the streets of Brazil, with no homes or loved ones to care for them. No-one should have to sleep on the streets, especially a child, say organisers. “That’s why we’re going to do it for them.”

The ABC Trust is asking is that participants try their best to reach a £100 fundraising target which, they say, will go towards making a real difference to the lives of children at their partner projects in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Salvador, Recife and beyond.

They have already tried this to great acclaim at Spitafields Market in London last December. It could be said that Liverpool is getting off lighty given the season – not to mention mood music with that non-stop carnival, don't forget.

bluecoat-at-dusk.jpgOf course, it's going to be nothing like taking your chances in the Barrios of Rio – or even Stanley Street - the safer confines of the Bluecoat garden at the back of School Lane is the venue. But it's not going to be a bed of roses either – for a start there aren't any.

On the night of the Big City Sleep, Momentum Arts’ artists Hilary Cox and Beverly Carpenter will be working with the sleep-out participants to create a cardboard “favela” (Brazilian shanty-town) out of anything from plastic bottles to old shoeboxes. It aims to give people an indication of the harsh and brutal reality of the everyday life of these vulnerable children. 

"We are asking Liverpool to come together in support and solidarity for these children and take part in a fun and worthwhile event to help to change lives. It is for one night only and can be done with your friends and family; just think of it like a big sleepover, but outdoors."

If you’d like to register as a participant or you would like to know more about the Big City Sleep at the Bluecoat on 15th July, please contact lydia.stevens@abctrust.org.uk or call 0207 287 3818.

For full info on Brazilica, click here 

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