On April 12 2012 street children, the general public, celebrities, policy makers, charities/NGOs and businesses across the world showed their support for the International Day for Street Children.
84 events and celebrations were held in 38 countries around the world. Celebrations included: street children art competitions, street parades, conferences, workshops, talent competitions, film screenings, balloon releases, fundraisers, football tournaments and even a successful World Record Breaking shoe shine!
Over 2,500 people from 89 countries signed the Consortium for Street Children’s pledge to stand up for the rights of street children worldwide. We delivered the list of signatures at a meeting with the UN High Commission for Human Rights in June.
The International Day for Street Children was mentioned in the global media over 580 times.
National UK coverage included The Guardian, BBC News, The Daily Express and Sky News television, radio and online.
Outside of the UK, over 80 articles appeared in international media in 15 different countries: Canada, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Spain, Swaziland and Tanzania.
Bianca Jagger, Stephen Fry, footballer Steven Gerrard, former UK Prime Minister Sir John Major and many other high profile people supported the day.
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