Text: Vince Pornelos / Photos: McLaren | posted March 30, 2012 13:56
2 days in Manila
According to an entry at Team Vodafone McLaren Mercedes' website, Lewis Hamilton was just in Manila to do a short film for UNICEF.
The Formula One star arrived in Manila shortly after the Malaysian Grand Prix to meet the UNICEF team and the children they work with.
According to McLaren, filming took place in the Binondo area of the city, where Lewis met some of the estimated 85,000 children who live and work on the streets of Metro Manila and nearby localities, struggling to get enough food and stay healthy and often unable to go to school.
Hamilton reportedly spent the most time with a young ten year old boy called Reynold who looks after both his younger brothers by working and begging to earn money to buy food.
“I hope that we have managed to make a film that will show the harsh reality for children who live on the streets in Manila and around the world,” said Hamilton on the website. “The young boys and girls who I have met today are really fantastic children, but they are living without the simple things that most people take for granted, like food, clean water and a safe place to sleep at night. It shouldn’t be like this.”
The short film will be aired by ITV 1 in the UK on May 27 for Soccer Aid. Viewers can make donations to UNICEF to help children around the world get a better future.