Following on from the artice on Conor Hartnett last week in the Irish Examiner (Dec 13th), Conor gave a fascinating half hour interview with Neil Prenderville on Red FM yesterday morning (Dec 16th), outlining his charity work in the favelas in Rio di Janeiro. Listen to the interview below (from 1:27:15 in the audio), and visit FightforaFavela.com
Says Conor: ‘‘FIFA is doing a great job taking the game away from the people.’’ Two years ago, Irish-born Conor had an epiphany. After finishing work as a business analyst at Westpac in Kent Street, Sydney, he needed to kill time before training with Balmain Old Boys, who play in the Canterbury league. He typed ‘‘round-the-world ticket’’ into Google and volunteering abroad came up. ‘‘Guys, I’m moving to Rio,’’ he told his teammates when he arrived at training that night.
Conor, 39, now partners with two organisations in Rio. IASESPE, with which he helps children aged between three and 14, and Carlao’s Football Project, which involves a hundred kids.
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Conor Hartnett from the Clara Road has recently moved to Rio de Janeiro to work as a volunteer in the favelas (slums) with kids for 6 months maybe longer. His project called IASESPE is a community centre providing a safe haven for kids away from the drug dealers, to provide education, lunches, games, talks on drugs and extra education, as well as a place they can come and feel safe and off the streets.
They have made a video describing the project (which you can see at the bottom of this post) in which Conor appears numerous times, and where he explains the situation, and the need for funding to keep the project alive. “It would be amazing and a huge help if you could donate or SHARE this link with friends family and work colleagues.” Conor explains much better in his letter:
” As some of you may know late September I decided to move to Rio de Janeiro to work in the favelas (slums) with kids for 6 months maybe longer .
My projects called IASESPE – http://www.indiegogo.com/fightforafavela?c=home
and is a community centre providing a safe haven for kids away from the drug dealers who recruit kids as young as 7, we also provide extra education , lunches ( which the kids devour due to hunger ), games,talks on drugs and education as well as a place they can come and feel safe and off the Streets
I’ve been to their houses, 4 in a bed concrete floor,toilet like you’ve never imagined , the mother sleeps on the floor but the kids are [read more …] “Fight for a Favela – IASESPE community in Rio De Janeiro”