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World Cup 2014: Playing for a Better Future

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Bread for the World's World Cup series will use the occasion of the Cup to focus on the great advances many of the participating countries and players have made in fighting hunger and poverty. Each day, until the end of the tournament, we will highlight a country, or an individual player, that is making a difference.

Wednesday, July 9: Netherlands v. Argentina

Robin Van Persie (Wikimedia Commons)

The Netherlands and Argentina meet today to determine the second team to play in the World Cup finals. Top scorer for Argentina and established futbol veteran, Lionel Messi, and the renowned striker for the Netherlands, Robin van Persie, are sure to be head turners throughout the match. Yet while both will be fighting to be the World Cup Champions, both are also making significant contributions to the fight against hunger and poverty worldwide.

Van Persie is an avid supporter of the New Street League and was a large proponent of the launch of the organization’s website. This charity is dedicated to changing lives through football, specifically for young children who are affected by hunger and poverty. Van Persie’s involvement in this organization is an essential part of his commitment to address issues that affect current generations to create a better world for future generations.

Within previous posts, we have discussed the generosity of Messi and his philanthropy. He has taken several initiatives to support the end of hunger and poverty in Argentina. Recently, Messi was initiated as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador to highlight the challenges faced by children and to fight for children’s rights. Messi brings his efforts to ensure that no child suffers from hunger to places around the world.

World Cup athletes who are also dedicated to changing lives give everyone, especially children affected by hunger and poverty, an opportunity to see how big dreams can make even bigger changes to benefit the lives of many. The work of athletes like Van Persie and Messi in the movement to end hunger is an indication of the significant progress these football stars make in their communities.


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