Join United vs Aids football tournament

2015-11-04 06:00

TO mark World Aids Day, WhizzKids United (WKU) and Maritzburg United FC have announced a “United vs Aids” football tournament to bring the community together and raise funds for HIV charities in PMB.

The virus has caused more than 35 million deaths worldwide, which makes it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Since 1988, World Aids Day has been dedicated to increase public and governmental awareness. Its aim is to fight prejudices and discrimination, as well as to improve peoples’ knowledge.

It is a great opportunity to show support and respect for people living with HIV and to remember those who have succumbed to it.

This issue is of high importance for our community, as according to the Provincial Aids Council 1.8 million people are infected with HIV in KZN and 3.4 million suffer from this disease within the whole country.

Four out of 10 people are HIV-positive in PMB. Thus, companies are invited to sign up their teams, bring their colleagues and promote their businesses at the event. The prize money will be donated to the charity chosen by the winning team.

United vs Aids will take place on 28 November from 11am to 3pm at the AB Jackson Fields, Maritzburg College and businesses are encouraged to register as soon as possible as spaces are limited.

Secure your team until 31 October for an early-bird fee of R1 199. Call 033 395 4373 or email united@whizzkidsunited.org for more information.

WhizzKids United is an award-winning health care and HIV-prevention programme, operated by the Africaid Trust. WKU runs a school-based life-skills programme that uses the power of football to educate young people and to raise awareness around the challenges of HIV and Aids.

In partnership with KZN Department of Health, WKU operates the Health Academy in Edendale Pietermaritzburg, an adolescent friendly clinic facility, which provides a wide range of medical and psycho-social services, along with educational and recreational activities to over 6 000 youth each year.

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