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Lions welcome Watoto Children's Choir

16 January 2015

Special guests at Saturday's game

Millwall Football Club will welcome 18 children from the Watoto Children's Choir to The Den on Saturday as they embark on a tour of the UK and Holland raising sponsorship and support for the some of the estimated 50 million children in Africa orphaned as a result of HIV/Aids, war, poverty and disease.

Each of the children in the choir has suffered the loss of their parents either through war or disease. They live in Watoto children's villages in Uganda where they are offered a good, caring home life with support for education and training in preparation for them to help rebuild their nation.

Watoto UK Director Paul Houiellebecq explained: "This current choir, who have just landed a few days ago in the UK, form one of six that travel in different parts of the world for a number of months as they seek to raise sponsorship to help the support of other vulnerable orphans in their home country.  

"Their visit to Millwall Football Club is one of their first experiences of life in the UK and they are looking forward to seeing the game. They are performing concerts in churches and schools in Essex over the coming two weeks before travelling to Holland for a month and then touring the rest of the UK until July."

Millwall CEO Andy Ambler added: "We are always keen to support organisations, both at home and abroad, who are working to help improve the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves.

"We are looking forward to welcoming the children from the Watoto choir to The Den on Saturday. I hope that they enjoy the game and their visit to this country."

As a 'thank you' to Millwall for their hospitality, the Watoto Choir will perform one of their songs before kick-off.

For more information about the Watoto Childcare Ministries and Children's Choir visit www.Watoto.com or contact Paul Houiellebecq at paulh@watoto.com (Tel: 020 3225 1048). 

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