caminofinalDuncan Dyason, Director and Founder of Street Kids Direct, is back safe and well in Guatemala after walking 30 marathons in 30 days!  

The gruelling 750 mile (1,200Km) walk from Costa Rica to Guatemala took 5 weeks to complete and Jeony Ordoñez, Founder of the AFE School in Hojduras, accompanied Duncan each day.

The pair went through many challenging situations with Jeony suffering greatly from blisters, Duncan from Dengue Fever and heatstroke and both had to walk through areas that were run by gangs.  On one occasion one of the support drivers was held up at gunpoint despite driving behind a policecar!  The intense heat of the Central American countries made Duncan and Jeony having to start their walk each day around 3am.

On arrival in Guatemala City Duncan and Jeony were joined by hundreds of walkers and well-wishers and then were officially welcomed to the city by the Mayor who sent 6 police motorcycle outriders and a police car to ensure their safe arrival at the Mi Arca Centre.

The sponsored walk raised many thousands of pounds for the projects that Street Kids Direct supports and enthused hundreds of people to organise their own walks around the world.

Both Duncan and Jeony are considering writing books about their experiences over the five weeks.  

Duncan and Jeony recorded VideoBlogs everyday and these can be viewed under the BLOGS section of our website.

Our annual COIN RACE this year is on SATURDAY 2rd JUNE 2018 in Sycamore Road, Amersham, Bucks, UK.

If you are interested in holding a Coin Race in your area then please do This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information but the basic principle is simple, requires minimum preparation, causes an instant presence in the High Street and raises about £1,000 in 8 hours depending on the busyness of the street.

CoinRace1We use a busy street in Amersham that has lots of shops and therefore lots of people passing by and have the boys team on one side and the girls on the other side to provoke some friendly competition.

At the beginning of the line of coins on each side we place a board that displays the running total for that side of the street.  A chalk line is then drawn on the pavement from that point to a point suitably far enough away to generate interest by the public.  Obvioulsy the line then needs to be staffed by volunteers with collecting buckets.

Coins are then taken from the buckets by a team of volunteers who place the coins on the line while someone then follows this and counts the money on the line and updates the total when significant totals are raised.

A variety of other activities can then be organised alongside the line of coins such as Face Painting, Busking, Mime, Clowning, Statues or anything that would attact attention and donations to the cause.

You will need to ask you local Council for permission and a possible license to collect in public before organising your event.



CoinRace2If you would like to get involved in this year's Coin Race on Saturday 2rd June 2018 then please contact Ben Soden on 07963 890844 or via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and consider how you might like to help and for how long you could help for.  

Our day runs from 9am - 5pm and most volunteers offer to either help in the morning or the afternoon or for a set time period.  We really would love to see you and you will receive a great welcome from the team as well as help us raise money to help children who spend all their time on the streets.

Could you help with any of the following:

* Collectors

* Line Volunteers (placing coins on the line)

* Money Counters

* Buskers

* Artists

* Face Painters

* Clowns and other Street Performers

* Catering (supplying volunteers with snacks and drinks)

* Clean-up Team




Is this a safe activity?

We have run this activity since 2007 and have never encountered any problems.  We plan a full risk assessment each year and try and consider all aspects of your safety and security during the event.  We ask local adult volunteers to help with security throughout the night and inform the local police of the event who usually pop by to make sure everyone is safe.

Are you insured?

Street Kids Direct take out annual liability insurance for all our fundraising events and this event is listed in our accepted activities in our policy.  Please do ask if you would like to see a copy of our policy.

Do I have to pay any money?

There is no registration fee for those taking part in the Big Sleep.  However, this is a fundraising event to help children and young people who sleep on the streets of the cities in Central America and so we ask everyone to print off the sponsor form and collect as many sponsors as possible before the event or make a donation on the night.

How old do you have to be to take part?

If you are bringing your own children along to the event you are responsible for them and so the judgement about their age and suitability to sleep out is up to you.  For those bringing groups of children along can do so but they have to be 10 years of age and no more than 3 children per adult.  Young people ages 16 or over can participate without an adult but do need to bring along a signed copy of the Parental Permission Form.

Are there any toilets?

The church has toilets at the rear of the church building and they will be open throughout the night.  Usually if a child wants to use the toilet during the night a member of the security team will accompany the child to the church hall where the toilets are situated.

What do I need to bring with me?

A full Kit List is available for you and will help you plan for your evening with us.  Please remember to bring along a LARGE CARDBOARD BOX or cardboard boxes to make your shelter!

What is there to do during the evening?

We will have some games available during the evening and always try and plan a surprise activity, which might include music or some form of entertainment.  The charity will also be showing some videos of their work and those who have been working with the street children will talk about their experiences.  We recommend people bring along a game that can be played safely in the confined space.

How cold does it get?

Sleeping on the streets can be very uncomfortable!  We ask people to bring along cardboard boxes and make a small shelter in which they can sleep the night.  Sleeping in a cardboard box is extremely warm and vary rarely people feel the cold.  We are hoping to have a fire all night at a safe distance from the shelters.  Please do bring along a sleeping bag and warm clothing.

Are there disabled facilities?

Wheelchairs can access all areas and the church complies with the requirements to provide disabled toilet facilities.  Please do contact us if you require extra assistance.

What happens if it rains?

In the event of light rain most boxes will get wet but with a small plastic sheet or a few large bin bags the shelter will last the night.  If the weather turns really bad we can retreat to the church hall for the evening and sleep there.

Do I need to bring along food?

Yes please!  Please do bring along some snacks for yourself and maybe something spare to share around.  If you could bring along a cake or some biscuits to share on the refreshment table that would be most welcome.  We will provide some basic refreshments throughout the night and a bacon breakfast in the morning.

Can I bring my music along and my phone?

You would be most welcome to bring along your phone and music but please do be aware that after 11pm we do require silence on site for those wishing to sleep and for our neighbours.  We ask for your cooperation in this matter.

Is there anything to buy?

We are going to have some sweets available for people to buy during the evening.

Do you provide any entertainment?

The charity will be seeking to encourage local talent to come along and take part in the event but can´t guarantee any entertainment until the evening.  If you would like to help provide any talent we would love to hear from you.

Do I have to sleep?

No!  For those wishing to stay up all night there will be a fire for them to sit around but we do ask for quiet on the site from 11pm for our neighbours and those who will be planning on sleeping.




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