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WhizzKids United offers PMB kids a trip to the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup

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WhizzKids United is offering kids from the Pietermaritzburg area a unique once in a lifetime opportunity to attend the 2014 Football for Hope Festival (FFHF) in Brazil.

WhizzKids United are encouraging kids between the ages of 15-18, with a South African Identity Document to apply for the upcoming 2014 Football for Hope Festival. WKU also advises community members to cast names of their preferred candidates.

The FFHF will be held during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, from 3 to 10 July. The event will give the qualified candidates a chance to engage with other participants, an opportunity to tour the city of Rio de Janeiro, participate in social activities to raise awareness about the importance cultural diversity of other organizations from all over the globe. The event will inspire the selected candidates to take part in an intercultural integration programme that enables individuals to know each other, share their best practices and showcase their roles in their respective development field. The highlight of the entire event will be the fair-play tournament on the last week, extending to FIFA’s fair legacy, playing with special rules without referees and the usage of civil dialogue instead of a whistle.

The festival is more than just about football but an occasion for cultural dialogue, knowledge exchange and fair-play tournaments during the event. The 2014 FFH Festival is an initiative aimed at looking at the success and lessons for organization working towards a common goal of development, cultural preservation, and peace-campaign efforts in countries with vast socio-economic challenges.

The criteria for submission of applicants are:
• A candidate must be 15-18 years
• Have a South African Identity Document
• Reside in Pietermaritzburg
• Must be have used the services offered at the WhizzKids United Health Academy, e.g. HIV Testing or joined the WKU Home work club etc.
• Must be willing to attend special classes offered at the WKU Health Academy prior to the trip to Brazil
• Must have a residential Address

Application forms are available at the reception of the Health Academy.
The final WKU delegation will be represented by 6 candidates, CEO of WKU (Marcus McGilvray), Country Director (Stefan Kunze) and a Life Skills Coach (Slindile Mthembu).

The closing date for the selection process is the 30th November 2014 and no late applicants will be accepted after the closing date.

The foundations for FFH Festival 2014 were laid during the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany, when 24 teams representing organisations from around the world travelled to Berlin to take part in the streetfootballworld festival 2006. In 2010 in South Africa, the festival was for the first time an official event of the FIFA World Cup and brought together 32 teams for two weeks of celebration, exchange, football and fun. Both festivals had one thing in common – they were more than just a football tournament. Cultural dialogue, knowledge exchange and exciting fair-play tournaments played by mixed-gender teams were at the heart of the events.

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