posted by Oli Walsh
on 24 April 2009
So this week were the elections in South Africa, which meant a day off (in theory) for the volunteers, as South Africans cast their vote ′in the closest election in years′. Realistically it is not close and the ANC will win (with results due next week) and most volunteers were working on their day off, Tom writing a proposal, Borat inputting 1000 contacts into the database and Marcus and I moving furniture!
The end of the week has also been hectic as Paul and Marcus are off to Rustenburg for 14 days to launch a new programme with One to One where we hope to have an extra 2000 children through in a year, including a new facet to the programme by implementing it in a correctional facility!
Lastly there is another holiday on Monday, so Tom and Henryk are driving to Cape Town, they have estimated 12 hours but we think it will be nearer to 20, lets see!
Enjoy your weekend
p.s. I have added a new picture of the Health Academy, it will be ready in 90 days!
WKU back with lots of new faces
posted by Oli Walsh
on 17 April 2009
So the WhizzKids Volunteers have been offline, many returning home, but the team leaders of Marcus, Tom and Paul still remain!
They have now been joined by Oli, from the UK, Henryk (who bears a striking resemblance to Borat) from Germany and Daniela from Switzerland, ranging from 2 months to 18 months. So the house is a real United Nations, all just getting used to the hot weather and spending their weekends at the beach………
Since our last blog everyone has been super busy and there have been lots of exciting developments. We have exhibited at the National HIV /AIDS conference at the ICC Durban, with 4,500 attendees, 600 of which played our spot the ball competition, the winner receiving a South Africa football shirt!
We have re-done (or are in the process of finishing) all our teaching materials, having run a training day with our trainers to get feedback on the new changes.
Finally, we have started building our first health academy, an informal clinic with football pitch (what else) to provide an easily accessible clinic for testing, counselling and professional medical services in Edendale.
Have a great weekend wherever you are and if you want to come out and volunteer then let us know!