International Network of Street Papers has announced the appointment of Brazilian author Paulo Coelho as patron.
INSP supports 122 Big Issue-type papers sold by homeless people in 40 countries.
Coelho said, “I am delighted to accept the position of Patron of INSP. By providing dignified employment and by providing a voice for those who otherwise would be voiceless, the INSP street paper movement offers a positive solution to homelessness and poverty, including in Brazil, my country of birth.
"The INSP is a network of vibrant papers that publishes real, valuable and independent content which educates and empowers. I am proud to be associated with INSP, and look forward to supporting the organisation’s work in whatever way I can.”
Other figureheads for the Glasgow based charity include Jon Snow, Channel 4 News presenter, and David Schlesinger, chairman of Thomson Reuters China.
Lisa Maclean, INSP’s executive director, said: "Having the endorsement of a highly respected writer such as Paulo Coelho is a massive boost to our work supporting street papers and their homeless vendors all over the world. We are delighted that he supports the street paper concept and we look forward to working closely with him to inspire positive social change."