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Hamilton uses F1 break to pay heart-warming visit to street children in Manila

Daily Mail

996 days ago   Article ID# 1525567
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LONDON, U K (Daily Mail) - The Malaysian Grand Prix is considered among the most-physically demanding races on the Formula One calendar.

So, with that in mind, you wouldn't have held it against Lewis Hamilton for taking a well-earned break in the aftermath of Sunday's action-packed grand prix.

But the McLaren star, who secured his second consecutive podium finish of the season in Sepang, snubbed the chance to put his feet up, instead taking to the Philippines as part of a charity project for UNICEF.

The 2008 world champion made the 1,500-mile journey straight after the Malaysian race to meet some of the 85,000 children who live and work on the streets of the Binondo area of Manila.

Hamilton spent two days in Binondo, taking part in a film which will be screened during this year's Soccer Aid.

'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,' an emotional Hamilton said.

'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.

'But I've also seen how UNICEF and their partners are helping them and changing their lives for the better. Just a little money can make a huge difference for vulnerable children living tough lives around the world.

'Please, buy a ticket for Soccer Aid in May, or watch the programme and make a donation. It could be the difference between life and death for a child.'




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