Campaigners are getting round the country spreading the ‘Don’t Drop the Ball’ message. Mary Frampton reports from an event in Southampton.
Yesterday, on the hottest day of the year, citizens of Southampton took part in our Don’t Drop the Ball on Aid campaign. The campaign calls on governments not to drop the ball on overseas aid and thousands of people around the world are filming themselves keeping footballs in the air to add their name to the campaign.
The event was a great success and people of all ages were enjoying practicing their ‘keepy uppy’ skills. Caroline Nokes, MP for Romsey and Southampton North also put her name to the campaign by completing a fabulous 5 ‘keepy uppys’ in a row. Even Southampton FC mascot Sammy the Saint joined in!
Not put off by the scorching weather, Mark Harlow, a football freestyle expert, joined us at the event and wowed us all with his skills. His fantastic tricks included balancing the ball on his head, neck and keeping it in the air for over 20 minutes at a time!
Lisa Rutherford, Oxfam Campaigner for Hampshire said “It is vital that World Leaders keep their promise to provide 0.7% of their country finances to helping millions of people across the world out of poverty. With the World Cup in full flow, Don’t Drop the Ball on Aid is a fantastic way for people to have fun adding their name to the campaign”.
Caroline Nokes MP, who was keen to lend her support, said “The 0.7% commitment is crucially important and even when the economy at home is in difficulties, we must not let our determination to help through aid drop”.
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