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After the Malaysian GP McLaren speedy Lewis Hamilton made the 1,500-mile journey straight race to meet some of the 85,000 children who live and work on the streets of the Binondo area of Manila.

Second successive consistent podium finish of the season in Malaysia, snubbed the chance to put his feet up, instead taking to the Philippines as part of a charity project for UNICEF. 2008 world champion spent two days in Binondo, taking part in a film which will be screened during this year’s Soccer Aid.

Hamilton spent time with three brothers, Reynold (10) Arnold (9) and Rico (2)

‘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,’ an emotional Hamilton said, Dailymail reports.

‘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.’

Buy tickets for Soccer Aid go to itv.com/socceraid or call 0161 444 2012. All profits go directly to UNICEF.

Copyright: UNICEF/ Soccer Aid 2012


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