Robbie and Jonny Wilkes, friend and co-founder of Soccer Aid, have been in Mexico City this week with children's charity UNICEF. They were there to visit some of the city´s most vulnerable children and make a short film, raising awareness of the children that will be helped by the proceeds from Soccer Aid 2012. The film will be shown during Soccer Aid on ITV 1, on May 27th 2012.
Filming took place in some of the poorest parts of Mexico City, including the slums of Itzapalapa. Robbie and Jonathan spent time with an 18-month-old child, called Kimberley, and her five brother and sisters who live hand to mouth in cramped, dirty conditions and are at risk of abuse and disease. They also visited a shelter which helps children and their families by giving them a safe place to sleep as well as clean water to drink and nutritious food to eat.
"Meeting children in Mexico City really showed me how dangerous the world can be for a child," said Robbie, "and how hard it can be for them to even survive. Right now, children are suffering and it shouldn’t be like this.
Soccer Aid is so great because it helps children just like this, living unbelievably tough lives all around the world, to have a better future. It´s also a brilliant football match, and I can tell you it´s going to be bigger and better than ever this year. Why's that? Well, I’m definitely going to get the winner’s cup back from Michael Sheen.
Please, help make Soccer Aid 2012 the best one yet – come and join us at Old Trafford and support UNICEF´s vital work for children.”
Soccer Aid comes to Manchester's Old Trafford on Sunday 27th May and tickets are available now. If you haven't got yours yet, what are you waiting for?
Take That bandmate Mark Owen, award-winning actor Jason Isaacs, comedian John Bishop, presenter Paddy McGuinness, popstar Olly Murs, Marvin Humes and Aston Merrygold from JLS, presenters Jonny Wilkes and Ben Shephard, comedian Patrick Kielty, world-famous chef Gordon Ramsay, presenter and DJ Jamie Theakston, Hollywood heavyweights Will Ferrell, Gerard Butler, Mike Myers and footballing heroes David Seaman, Jamie Redknapp, Roy Keane, Teddy Sheringham, Kenny Dalglish, Jaap Stam, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Edwin van de Sar are just some of the names confirmed for the big day… stay tuned as we'll be announcing more soon!
This year's match will once again be hosted by Dermot O'Leary and broadcast Iive on ITV1, with Dave Berry getting all the reaction from the game on Soccer Aid: Extra Time on ITV4 afterwards.
Tickets are available to buy online and over the phone.
Buy via ticket hotline: 0161 444 2012*
*Calls to this number will be charged at local rates
Under 16s from £5
Adults £20/ £30/ £40*
Disabled Access: £20 from ticket hotline (includes a free pass for a carer to accompany)
* £40 tickets are Premium Seats
No under 16s concession for Premium Seats
VIP hospitality packages
are also available for private boxes and suites.
Can't make it to the game? You can still support Soccer Aid by making a donation, no matter how big or small.