Aussie cricketers visit Aids centre

2016-03-15 06:00
Some of the Aussie Cricket team with Hact gogos.  Photo: supplied

Some of the Aussie Cricket team with Hact gogos. Photo: supplied

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FIVE top players from the Australian cricket team, who are in Durban for the first T20 of the three-match series, spent the afternoon at Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust (Hact) on 2 March, as part of the “Cricket Cares” campaign.

They learnt about HIV/Aids in South Africa, toured the centre, and played a friendly against a team of gogos who are preparing for Hact’s Gogolympics on April 22.

The grannies won the soccer match 4/2, much to the shock of the Aussies, who then proceeded to teach the grannies the basics of cricket – a game that was new to them.

Cricket Australia donated balls, bibs, cricket bats and sporting ware to Hact for use by the gogos in the Gogolympics.

Olivia Myeza, Hact CEO, said the day brought a lot of joy to everyone.

“We were delighted the Aussie cricketers chose to spend their spare time with us at Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust. So often top level sports players can travel the world, but rarely see more than the playing fields and hotels.

“That the Aussies chose to come and learn about our mission of providing unconditional love and hope to people impacted by HIV/Aids was really amazing.

“They came with such open, humble hearts and genuinely wanted to learn about the hardships of our gogos and our communities who are struggling with the HIV/Aids pandemic,” she said.

The cricketers donated an official Cricket Australia T20 World Cup India 2016 T-shirt (small), signed by the Australian cricket team, to Hact.

The t-shirt is one of a kind and has ”Hillcrest 1” on the back and will be auctioned by Hact to raise money for the Gogolympics and the grannie support groups.

Bids can be emailed to

“We encourage soccer fans globally to bid on this amazing T-shirt. The money will be used to ensure that 2 000 grannies participate in the Gogolympics in April and that throughout the year they receive support, empowerment, encouragement and skills training to help them in their plight of being grandmothers who have lost children to Aids and are now caring for their orphaned grandchildren,” said Myeza.

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