FORMER Birmingham Poet Laureate and Rubery resident Giovanni ‘Spoz’ Esposito will be traveling to Palestine on Sunday (October 9) to share music, poetry and a game of football with local children.
The former Bromsgrove and Redditch Green Party candidate has joined the Football for Palestine campaign to help raise £500 in funds for two grassroots projects – Working with Villages in Palestine and Medical Aid for Palestinians.
He has already raised £365 and has said any excess funds would be put towards the purchase of acoustic guitars, which will be left behind for the children.
Spoz will be travelling with 19 other fund-raisers to Israel before going to the West Bank to play football with various Palestinian community football teams.
The group will visit Jerusalem, Ramallah, Jericho, Hebron, Bethlehem and Nablus before returning on Sunday (October 16).
He told The Standard: “I felt inspired to go to Palestine because as a poet – I do a lot of talking and wanted to take some action by seeing for myself the daily turmoil Palestinians go through – and also because there’s more to life than the Great British Bake-Off.”
Visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/giovanni-esposito to support Spoz and help him exceed his target.