For many, this is a time of friendship and celebration, but there is a hidden, much darker side to the games.
With there being greater demand for sex workers, trafficking syndicates are preying on young women and children.
While the World Cup is on, schools across South Africa will be closed for a month, leaving children very vulnerable to sex-trafficking.
In response to this, The Salvation Army International Development Office is partnering with the South African Territory with their Protect the Children Appeal.
Local corps in South Africa will be hosting kids' clubs and soccer clinics to provide a safe and fun environment for the children.
Four Mission Teams from Australia will be going over to help run the clinics.
Any support you can give to this appeal would be greatly appreciated.
The International Development Office has an Online Gift Catalogue. These three items will go towards the work the Mission Teams will be a part of in South Africa:
-Anti-Human Trafficking Donation
-Children Feeding Program
-Toys for Children
You can purchase these items at http://salvos.org.au/said/donate/gift-catalogue-shop/