Football-mad friends walk to the 2014 World Cup

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Three Football fans are hoping to net £20,000 from a gruelling fundraiser that will see them walk to the World Cup.

Leeds graduates Adam Burns, 27, David Bewick, 31, and Pete Johnston, 30, will set off in March for a 1,966km trek across South America to the World Cup in Brazil in a bid to raise £20,000 for the J de V Arts Care Trust.

LONG WALK: Adam Burns, David Bewick and Pete Johnston who will walk to the World Cup in Brazil.

LONG WALK: Adam Burns, David Bewick and Pete Johnston who will walk to the World Cup in Brazil.

The money will be used to build a water well in Bahia, North East Brazil, which is suffering from the worst drought in over 50 years.

Pals Dave and Pete are geologists and all three will travel to Bahia to manage the project.

University of Leeds graduate David said: “We are die hard England fans who are desperate to see England play in the World Cup but also see it as an opportunity to help a worthy cause.

“We hope our story captures the imagination of the footballing world.”

The team will set off from Mendoza in Argentina on March 3 and walk for around 100 days through Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil for the start of the World Cup on June 12.

Adam Burns, a Leeds Metropolitan University graduate, said: “The drought in North East Brazil has already effected 10million people and in Bahia, one million cattle have perished.

“We are hoping Walk to the World Cup can raise the money required to build a new water well which will be used for drinking water, irrigation and to rescue the remaining cattle.”

Throughout the journey the boys will make a documentary and undertake a series of challenges relating to the nations who qualify for the World Cup.

The three friends are also planning to play as much football as possible with locals and are encouraging other football fans to join them on the walk.

Pete added: “We would love to enter Brazil with a huge group of football fans from all over the world.

“We might not speak their language but football has the ability to unite anyone from any walk of life.”

They will also travel to places rich in football history, playing football at the Lionel Messi foundation in Buenos Aires, meeting surviving members of the Uruguayan World Cup winning team and visiting the town that Pele grew up in.

The boys have had messages of support from footballers, including England legend Alan Shearer.

To see his good luck video, visit the Yorkshire Evening Post website.

A fundraising and farewell party will be held at The Faversham in Leeds on Friday, January 10, with DJs from 9pm till 3am and an optional dress code of old school footballers or WAGs.

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