Gogos go ‘Olympic’

2016-04-19 06:00
Gogos practice ahead of the 2016 Gogolympics. Photo: supplied

Gogos practice ahead of the 2016 Gogolympics. Photo: supplied

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HILLCREST Aids Centre Trust (Hact) is hosting the sixth annual­ Gogolympics on Friday 22 April at Molweni sports ground.

This year’s Gogolympics is set to be the biggest ever, with more than 2 000 gogos (grannies) competing invarious sporting codes, inclulding soccer, netball, relay races, pass the ball and novelty­ games.

The Gogolympics aim to improve the health of grannies who are impacted by the HIV/Aids crisis and daily struggles such as caring for orphaned grandchildren.

There are 2.5 million children orphaned due to HIV/Aids in South Africa, with the majority of these children in the care of their grandmothers.

The Gogolympics is one element of the Grannies Support Group project run by Hact in response to the burden the HIV/Aids pandemic has placed on grannies.

The event recently gained international attention when grannies put their soccer skills to the test by taking on members of Australia’s national cricket team.

For more information, go to www.hillaids.org.za/news/2016-gogolympics or contact market ing@hill aids.org.za or 031 765 5866.

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