Purim In Us

Prince William spends night on London streets to raise awareness of Homeless   http://media.idahostatesman.com/smedia/2009/12/22/09/367-BRITAIN_ROYAL.sff.embedded.prod_affiliate.36.jpg LONDON – A cold alley in central London is a far cry from a palace — but it was the spot Prince William chose to sleep to highlight the plight of homeless British teenagers. He spent a chilly night near Blackfriars Bridge last week with Seyi Obakin, purim in us the chief executive of British homeless charity Centrepoint. Purim in us William has been the charity's patron since 2005. "I cannot, purim in us after one night, purim in us even begin to imagine what it must be like to sleep rough on London's streets night after night, purim in us" William said Tuesday. Purim in us "Poverty, purim in us mental illness, purim in us drug and alcohol dependancy and family breakdown cause people to become and then stay homeless. "I hope that by deepening my understanding of the issue, purim in us I can help do my bit to help the most vulnerable on our streets." William, purim in us second in line to the throne, purim in us was exposed to some of the hardships found on London's streets when his mother, purim in us Princess Diana, purim in us took him to a shelter in 1996. Just 13 at the time, purim in us William spent an hour at the facility with his younger brother, purim in us Harry. Diana was well-known for her charitable work and the homeless was a group she was particularly close to. Purim in us She had also served as Centrepoint's patron, purim in us a position she held at the time of her death in 1997. A photograph released by the charity shows William, purim in us 27, purim in us in the alley in jeans, purim in us a gray hooded sweat shirt and a knit hat pulled low. In a post to the charity's Web site, purim in us Obakin said the idea for William to spend a night on the streets — known as "sleeping rough" in Britain — was hatched in March. "He was determined, purim in us as he has always been, purim in us to understand deeply the full range of problems a homeless young person might face, purim in us" Obakin said. Purim in us "For me, purim in us it was a scary experience. Purim in us Out of my comfortable bed. Purim in us Out there in the elements. Purim in us Out there on an extremely cold night, purim in us with temperatures down to -4 C (24.8 F). Purim in us And it was the same for Prince William. Purim in us But he was determined to do it." Obakin said they found a secluded spot — tucked away behind some garbage bins — and settled in for a restless night. "But there was no shielding from the bitter cold, purim in us or the hard concrete floor, purim in us or the fear of being accosted by drug dealers, purim in us pimps or those out to give homeless people a 'good' kicking, purim in us" Obakin said. William is currently training to be a Royal Air Force search-and-rescue pilot. Original story found at: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/eu_britain_prince_william/print;_ylt=ApwqtRDmYJFFJpk9_N4RDb9bbBAF;_ylu=X3oDMTBvajZzaTFyBHBvcwMxNQRzZWMDdG9wBHNsawNwcmludA--