WhizzKids United recently hosted a collaboration colloquium with local NGOs as well as the Departments of Health and Education at the WhizzKids United Health Academy. The event was initiated by a driven partnership between the Sport for Social Change Network (SSCN) of Southern Africa and various stakeholders.
The colloquium event had an impressive turnout. The event attendees were PeacePlayers International, Oxfam South Africa, the Departments of Health and Education, Lungisa Indlela, Sinomlando and the Gay and Lesbian Network.
Stefan Kunze, WhizzKids United Marketing and Communications Manager along with Ryan Douwie, a representative from PeacePlayers International, took turns in addressing representative of different NGOs.
The programme for the day began with Stefan’s presentation, highlighting the importance of combating community social ills through the power of sports, and making NGOs aware of the prime responsibilities that Sports for Social Change has tasked itself into achieving. Stefan introduced SSCNs major objectives, which were, to be a meeting point for organisations involved in sport development, becoming a platform for knowledge exchange and to promote good practice.
Stefan also added that WhizzKids United had executed that role very well by using football as a means of communicating and making the kids aware of the HIV&AIDS pandemic in South Africa.
Ryan Douwie presentation was no different from Stefan’s as he also reiterated that South Africa was faced with ever growing social ills and it was up to organisations like WKU and PeacePlayers International to ensure that adversaries in disadvantaged communities were eradicated.
“We see the problems that we are faced with almost daily; therefore it is up to the different organisations seated here today to ensure that we fight poverty, HIV&AIDS and drugs as well. We all have different roles to play and should encourage the usage of sporting codes as a way to fight,” said Ryan.
The event was praised even though it took place on a late Friday afternoon.
“The meeting was well attended for a Friday afternoon. I was very impressed to see two NGOs within the community using sport as a medium to lead interventions. I personally think that sport is an appealing medium of communication for the youth. I was glad that there was a representative from the Departments of Health and Education. The presentation was inspiring and by the looks of it everybody enjoyed it,” said Rusha Governder, WhizzKids United′s Research officer who attended the colloquium.