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Marseille 2016-2019

Marseille 2016…

So, in a little over 2 weeks Lionsraw, our amazing volunteers and the cream of European football will land in France for the latest edition of the European Championships and of course, the Lionsraw Legacy Tour. While the tournament will be played the width and breadth of France, Lionsraw will focus on the beautiful city of Marseille.

We say beautiful city, it is to the casual observer, but take a little time to dig a little deeper, go out of your way to ask questions, to be inquisitive and you’ll discover a city built on tough, often violent neighbourhoods, armed conflict among youth gangs, fractured communities, religious tension, organised crime and ineffective policing.

Despite this or maybe even because of this, there are some wonderful community leaders who want something different, they want chances for a better future, they’re demanding connected community, cohesion, tolerance, equal opportunities and safe space for daily living. Several of the leaders we are working with in Marseille joined us in Curitiba where they gave their time and energy to bring the hope they now speak of for themselves, to a community in another country on the other side of the world, they understand now, that change is possible with a shared vision, common attitude and a simple plan.

What will we be doing in Marseille? 

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The story of the French

The story of the French

The nature of Lionsraw’s work is that while one project is underway, preparations are already in full flow for the next one. Hannah Elizabeth Taylor spoke to a team of French volunteers currently working with Lionsraw in Curitiba, Brasil. Continue Reading

Memorable Marseille

Lionsraw founder Jon Burns paints a picture of an incredible city in the South of France. With Euro 2016 two-and-a-half years a way, preparations are already being made and chances for change in Marseille are being developed. Continue Reading

A French revolution

An update from Jon Burns, Lionsraw CEO. In April 2013, a few of us went to visit Marseille, one of the host cities for the 2016 UEFA European Championships. What a great city. It’s tough – mafiosa style. It’s passionate – Olympique de Marseille is like a religion. Its sunny and by the sea –… Continue Reading