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WhizzKids United and World Cup Activity

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With the 2010 FIFA World Cup starting tomorrow, Africaid's WhizzKids United would like to share some of the initiatives they are implementing in the next four weeks. We hope to use the World Cup to highlight the good work being done in South Africa, both to a domestic but also international audience and to ensure the main beneficiaries of our programme, the kids, feel a part of this once in a lifetime opportunity. While the main focus is on the big stadiums and the star players, the World Cup period and school holidays are high-risk periods for youth, as they often have little supervision and few opportunities for structured activities. We will run feeding schemes, live match screenings and football activities for the kids at our youth centre in Lamontville and our newly opened Health Academy in Edendale. We will also be running three holiday camps in partnership with Castrol and Grassroots Soccer, two in Umlazi and one in Greyville, offering our Life Skills programme and some fun football related activities. In partnership with Sony, we will be taking kids from our programme to the big games and also have four kids who will get the chance to walk on the pitch ahead of the big games and wave the FIFA flag! On Friday 18th June we will be running football matches and delivering our life skills programme to youth at one of FIFA's public viewiing areas, King Zwelithini Stadium, in Umlazi. Finally, we are taking four WKU graduates to represent ‘Team South Africa’ at FIFA’s Football for Hope Festival, a week long programme of sporting, artistic and musical activities with 52 organisations using sport for social change flying in from around the world. We would like to thank all of you who have been a part of WhizzKids United over the last four years for making our programme possible, the World Cup is a culmination of all your effort and hard work and will act as a springboard for the future.

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