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Spurs captain seeks 1,000 people to fund orphan's future

Saturday, February 6, 2010

At a time when footballers are being widely maligned, here is an English centre-half and a captain of a London club who is a magnificent advertisement for his trade.

Tottenham Hotspur captain Michael Dawson was so moved by what he saw in Rustenburg that he has assumed financial responsibility for an 11-year-old at Tottenham Hotspur House, part of the SOS Children’s Village complex.

SOS Children, the world's largest orphan charity and the club's official global charity partner, is asking people of all ages to 'Do Something Amazing' during World Orphan Week and help give orphaned and abandoned children a family for life.

Speaking during an educational workshop in support of SOS Children's World Orphan Week campaign in Haringey, Dawson said: "I saw how little they had.

"All the orphans got a beefburger and it was like they’d won the lottery, bless them."

Dawson is no stranger to campaigns in Africa, having worked on FA initiatives, so the public perception of footballers as self-obsessed wastrels irritates him.

He added: "When a footballer does something wrong it is published in the papers, but a lot of footballers do good things, spending loads of time helping people."

For information on how to make a donation - or even sponsor a child, please visit www.soschildrensvillages.org.uk/sponsor.

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