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'It shouldn't be like this': Emotional Lewis shuns F1 parties to visit street children

30 MARCH 2012

He could have had his pick of the exclusive bashes that proceeded the Malaysian Grand Prix.

But Lewis Hamilton shunned the champagne parties, instead paying a heart-warming visit to deprived children in the Philippines, on an awareness-raising mission for UNICEF.

The McLaren driver travelled to Manila, where he made a short film about the lives of the 85,000 children who live and work on the streets, struggling for shelter and food.

 

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It will be screened during this year's Soccer Aid - fund-raising football match featuring taking celebs place at Old Trafford on May 27 and shown on ITV.

He met children in the Binondo area of the city, like ten-year-old Reynold, who lives in a cart and begs to raise money to keep his younger brothers Arnold, nine, and Rico, two, alive.

The emotional 27-year-old star said: "The young boys and girls who I have met today are really fantastic but they are living without food, clean water and a safe place to sleep at night.

"It shouldn't be like this. Please, buy a ticket for Soccer Aid in May, or make a donation. It could be the difference between life and death for a child."

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