Homeless World Cup

Intrigued to find out more? Click here for the official Homeless World Cup website.

5 a side Competition

Fundraising 5 a side competition was held on 12 August and raised over £650. A full report on the evening's activities is online now. Click here to read it. Photos are also available to view - Click here to see them.

Just Giving

If you are able to donate, please visit my Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/worldcupwilly.
Every pound you give will go towards changing people's lives and will be greatly appreciated. Thank you :)

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Quick Note

Just a quick note to prevent any confusion: I'm not associated with, nor am I trying to pass myself off as, World Cup Willie, the 1966 World Cup Mascot. He's much more popular and handsome than I could ever be. If you want to find out more about him click here

Posts Tagged ‘Fundraising’

I’ve been a busy boy today, running around outside Wembley Stadium taking snaps of the Kinetic 5s fundraising event. Funds generated from this event go into the bursary fund to assist some nations in getting their team to the 2011 Homeless World Cup in Paris. It’s not often I get to spend a whole day with my camera, so I really enjoyed my time behind the lens. I’m still very much an amateur, but here’s a little selection for you to view.

By the way, today’s event will have raised a few thousand pounds!

Done! Complete! Finished! And £650 raised!

Really pleased … and relieved to have got the event out of the way. In the days leading up to it, I got anxious and was really concerned that I’d forgotten something. And at 5pm, just an hour before the start, the heavens opened and cats, dogs, zebras and giraffes fell from the sky … but it cleared up by 6pm. The money raised on the night puts me much closer to my fundraising target and frees up a bit of brain space, too. Phew!

I’ve written a full report on the event, with pics too, (click here to view it), but, in short, we had 8 teams battle it out through group matches, semi-final and final to win the trophy. 40 goals later, plus a sudden death penalty shoot out, De Lage Lads, from De Lage Landen Leasing Ltd, walked away with the trophy, and their goalkeeper, held high.

Hundreds of raffle tickets were sold too, contributing towards the total raised, and a sincere thanks must go to all the companies who donated items to the raffle. There were some fab ones!

I’m plesed to confirm a 5 a side tournament to raise money for The Homeless World Cup Foundation will be held on Thursday 12 August at Hamilton School in High Wycombe, from 6pm. Entry is £60 per team of 5 (or 6 if you fancy a sub) with all funds raised going to the charity. Click here to download an application form for the tournament.

There’ll be group matches, semi final and a final, so there’ll be lots of football to play with a trophy for the winning team. Plans are also being put down for a post-tournament auction and raffle with some food for everyone too.

If you don’t fancy playing, please do come along to support the teams – it should be an evening full of fun :)

Can you help? I’m organising an auction and raffle and need some fantastic items for my Homeless World Cup fundraising …

Tickets to events (races, football matches, concerts), weekends away in wonderful hotels, rounds of golf, signed sports memorabilia, dinner at restaurants, behind the scenes or once in a lifetime trips … and anything else you can think of.

If you can help with generous donations or interesting suggestions, please drop me an email: willy@worldcupwilly.net

Just received 500 flyers! I’ll be starting to hand them out tonight at The Crisis Square Mile Run.

Let me know if you want some to hand out to help fundraising.

Getting prepared right now for tomorrow’s run around Central London. Starting at 7pm, I’ll be running with hundreds of others from St Paul’s Cathedral, along the Thames, up to The London Eye and back again, finishing (hopefully) with a sprint finish across the Millennium Bridge – 4.3 miles in total.

Look out for me in my new WILLY t-shirt (with name printed big across the front). If there are any photos, I’ll post them here later :)

So, what’s new? I’ve recently had some generous online and offline donations that have taken my fundraising beyond £800, so I’m nearly 1/3 of the way there. Thank you to everyone who has donated; every pound you give will go towards changing someone’s life. If you would like to donate, please do so here: www.justgiving.com/worldcupwilly

I started my half marathon training yesterday with a short (2.3 miles) but fast run, a technique suggested by my boss who has done his fair share of running. I finished up very out of breath and very sweaty, but I’ll be repeating it lots to build my fitness ready for my first half marathon in Ipswich in August.

This week has also produced a new online article from the Football Supporters’ Federation featuring the Homeless World Cup (one of their supported charities) and my fundraising efforts too. Click here to see it.

Just Giving page set up!

I’m now using the online donations/fundraising site JustGiving.com. Please drop by and donate to the fantastic 2010 Homeless World Cup event – you’ll be helping 500 people take part of which 70% will find themselves a new life afterwards (new job, home, reunited family, good health and more … ). All your donations, however large or small, are greatly appreciated.


Wow! It has been confirmed. I am officially one of just 30 volunteers at the 2010 Homeless World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.  What a fantastic opportunity this is going to be, to make a change to so many peoples’ lives. Around 70% of all participants come out of the event with a new life (job, family, friends and so on) and there are 64 nations taking part. And … it’s all done through the power of The Beautiful Game. If you want to find out more, take a look at http://www.homelessworldcup.org.

I’ve now got 4 months to raise £2600, which pays for one participant to go and for volunteer support. I’ve got all sorts of ideas, but am always pleased to hear your suggestions too.

Watch this space and I’ll keep you updated …

What is this all about?

This is all about creating new futures for people ... through football. It's simple! And more than 500 people from across the world will have the opportunity by taking part in the 2010 Homeless World Cup. The event raises awareness of homelessness globally and drives people to change their lives with new health, jobs, homes, families and more. If you'd like to sponsor me, please click here.

Who am I?

I'm Wil, a football fan ... and now a volunteer at the 2010 Homeless World Cup. I've taken on the challenge of volunteering for the 2010 Homeless World Cup to combine my passion for football with a desire to help others. I'll be getting my hands dirty at the event, helping in a whole range of ways (lugging around equipment, directing teams, talking to the press, compiling results, writing blogs and more). It's a fantastic opportunity to get involved and to make a difference to so many other people's lives.