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The WhizzKids United World AIDS Day Tournament 2010

Published by Sarah Koelsch
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Aled and Michael with girls from Fatima Primary School
Aled and Michael with girls from Fatima Primary School

On International Worlds AIDS Day, December 1st 2010, WhizzKids United hosted a World Cup style football tournament. The World AIDS Day Tournament was a fundraiser for WhizzKids United's football-based HIV/ AIDS prevention programmes across South Africa. Twelve Durban based teams from different companies, schools and universities attended the event. The teams played in four different groups before entering the knockout stages and competing for the World AIDS Day Tournament Champion. All teams enrolled in the event donated their entry fee of R500 to WhizzKids United's dedicated work in HIV/ AIDS prevention, care, treatment and support.

Each participating team chose their favourite national team to represent. The event began with an opening ceremony and a diski (South African) dance performance by students of Clarence Primary School. The tournament was based on the FIFA Fair Play rules which highlights that all matches are self-refereed and all teams are mixed gender. Many teams brought their entourage of fans to enjoy the afternoon filled with braais, a salad bar, cold drinks and great competition.

The day was a great success in promoting HIV/ AIDS awareness, fair play and gender equality, three major areas WhizzKids United focuses its programmes around. The winner of the tournament was team Ghana from Ningizimu High School.

WhizzKids United would like to thank everyone who donated their time and money towards the event.

A very big thank you to David Guselli for being the MC of the day and also for the prizes sponsored by Australian Volunteers International, Rotary Club of Durban Bay, Nedbank, uShaka Marine World, Southern Suns Hotels (Waterfront - Cape Town), Clarence Road Primary School, Remax - Montpelier Road, Bread Ahead - Cowey Road, Everfresh Market Gardens - Cowey Road, Garden Grove Retirement Village, Afcon Electrical, Egil Packaging, Avon Beauty Products, Mum's Mail, Bearea Mail, Avonmore Superspar, Wines-KZN and Life Phefumula Beach Resort. Big thanks to our helping hands as well - the hardworking volunteers from America, Australia, Germany, Canada, United Kingdom and South Africa.

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