News from the website developer
posted by Stefan Kunze on 31 March 2010
If you visit our website regularly, you might have the feeling that some of the content is missing - and you are right. Our website was attacked by hackers last week for the second time in three months and unfortunately the attackers found a security hole in our database and managed to delete content from our database.
The good news is that we know what they deleted and that we are working on recovering these contents, like news articles, staff profiles and photo galleries. So the website should be good as new very soon.

On another note, we have recently changed our mailing procedure for the newsletter which now only takes us two minutes instead of two days (what a difference). Plus, we will change our newsletter to entirely HTML format in the future. If you should have the feeling that you don′t understand a word... it simply means, that the newsletter will become a lot more user-friendly.

If you wish to send feedback on our website, please feel free to email me at stefan@africaid.org.za.
Festival 2010 Week of Action: Lamontville Tournament
posted by Oli Walsh on 29 March 2010
Situhle - The star of the day!
Situhle - The star of the day!
Last week was a busy week, with Stefan and Matthias away on holiday and Paul and Marcus in Pretoria with AMREF for an OVC workshop. So the office was very quiet, but still remained productive!
The highlight of the week was an event on Saturday, led by our trainer Situhle, to coincide with Festival 2010′s week of action. All delegations were encouraged to publicise their participation, as the Festival 2010 site was being opened in Alexandra.
Situhle came up with the idea to run a tournament, with kids who had been excluded from the original selection given their chance to play! The kids who had been selected for Festival 2010 were also there, as mentors for the event and to give them something to aspire to.
Unfortunately many of the kids seemed put off by the rain, but we eventually had a good turn out, some 2 hours later, once the rain had cleared!
Situhle deserves a big thank you for her help. To find out more about her please have a look at Situhle′s profile on our site and feel free to email her with questions!
Join our facebook page!!!!
posted by Oli Walsh on 18 March 2010
Dear followers
We are trying to increase the reach and awareness of our programme, with one very obvious way being through the magic of facebook!
We do not have an icon on our site that links you directly but that will come. For the time being, please follow the link to the WhizzKids Facebook page and join!
Thanks
WhizzKids United wins at Global Sports Forum!
posted by Oli Walsh on 10 March 2010
Further to our news story on the front page of our news section, we just wanted to share what a great ahievement this is for our organisation.
It is the culmination of many years hard work, led by Marcus, but abley assisted by all our field staff, permanent staff and volunteer staff past and present. Last but certainly not least, we must mention the beneficiaries, the 10,000 + kids that this programme has helped. Let′s hope this recognition will help drive our programme forward to fulfil our ultimate aim; to provide HIV prevention, care, support and treatment to as many youths as possible worldwide through the medium of football!
WKU Site visit in Eastern Cape
posted by Paul Kelly on 7 March 2010
Football Field in Canzibe
Football Field in Canzibe
Tom and I went on a whistlestop tour of the Eastern Cape last week to visit different sites for a potential roll out of the WhizzKids United programme in two new areas, Port Elizabeth and Canzibe.

We flew into East London on Wednesday, March 3, to meet with Dr. Paul Cromhout at the Small Projects Foundation. They would like to offer their local knowledge and expertise to help us get the programme started. SPF already partner with our programme funders in Rustenburg, One to One Childrens Fund (O2O).

The following day we drove to Dora Nginza Hospital in Port Elizabeth to discuss the programme with Nonkosi Dlalasi and Cheeky Zonto, who are both based at Dora Nginza Hospital, and work for O2O.

On Friday, we drove five hours to Canzibe, a rural area in the Transkei, and met with Alice Klaarveld, a who also works for SPF and is based at Canzibe Hospital.

We then took a treacherous and bumpy two hour drive down to the coast and spent the night in Coffee Bay. In the morning, I went for a surf while Tom took a relaxing hike along the cliffs, before we drove back to Durban arriving in time for Marcus′ birthday party that night. Happy Birthday Marcus !!!

All in all, we are very excited about the outcomes of the site visit and met some truly exceptional people that could make the programme a success in the targeted areas. We would like to thank One to One Childrens Fund, who funded the trip, and everyone who we met along the way.
FIFA Festival 2010 Kids selected
posted by Oli Walsh on 5 March 2010
WhizzKids graduates, staff and Lamontville Golden Arrows
WhizzKids graduates, staff and Lamontville Golden Arrows
Today marked the day when we would eventually try and select our kids for Festival 2010. Having been postponed by a week due to the Durban weather, there was an air of nervousness at the volunteer house last night as the rain came down!

Thankfully this morning the sun came out, and it had not actually rained in Lamontville! So between 100 and 150 kids, boys and girls, from three schools that had participated in our life skills programme came to Lamontville Sports Ground, all hoping to clinch one of the four spots for Festival 2010!

FIFA’s Football for Hope Festival 2010 is a week long programme of sporting, artistic and musical activities with 52 organisations using sport for social change flying in from around the world. FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter expressed that “the Football for Hope Festival will be a unique opportunity for organisations using football as a tool for social development in every part of the world to interact with each other and to showcase their programmes on football’s biggest stage –the 2010 FIFA World Cup. We look forward to welcoming them to South Africa and experiencing together how football is contributing to a better future.”

We are partnering with Altus Sport who will be providing the older kids in the 15-18 bracket, as a lot of our kids were on the younger side. Unfortunately we have had to exclude many kids form the selection process as they were just too young, with much of our focus on 11-14 year old kids.

The day had been designed by Matthias and Stefan, with the morning focus on football ability, attitude and how they worked within a team. The kids were then whittled down to a group of 30, who took part in some life skills and football sessions, until we had a final 10 who all presented on a topic from our programme! We then ended up with our final four, two boys and two girls who were the chosen ones!

The highlight for all the kids (apart from the chosen four!), was a visit from local PSL side Lamontville Golden Arrows. They very kindly brought all of their playing squad, as well as their coaching staff. They talked to all our kids of their experiences as footballers, their life experiences, stressed the importance of attitude and also gave the kids a chance to ask questions, with one kid asking Philani Shange why he had not finished school! A big thank you to Lamontville Golden Arrows, the chance for the kids to meet their heroes is a real motivator, especially as many of them aspire to be footballers one day!

Please check out our gallery soon for more pictures from the event
100 Days to go!
posted by Oli Walsh on 1 March 2010
(from left to right) Sepp Blatter, Lethu Mkhize, Marcus McGilvray
(from left to right) Sepp Blatter, Lethu Mkhize, Marcus McGilvray
Today marked the 100 day countdown to the World Cup, which was a day of celebration across South Africa. FIFA, alongside the LOC and 100 journalists, had visited all the hosting cities and their stadia. The tour culminated in a lavish banquet at the ICC last night, attended by our CEO Marcus, followed by an event at the Moses Mabhida Stadium today with South Africa due to play tomorrow.
As FIFA’s only Football for Hope implementing partner in KwaZulu natal, we were very excited to hear that FIFA would be coming to Durban and this was heightened when we heard that FIFA would come visit our programme, as our headquarters are just 5 minutes from the stadium. We readied the kids, who all painted banners for the event and organised a tournament and life skills event for the day, involving over 200 kids and staff. Plans then changed slightly; we would not hold the event at our ofifce but we could still take the kids to the stadium to be part of the official event. Finally, yesterday, we were told we could take one kid along to meet the President, not exactly what we had hoped for, but a once in a lifetime for him nonetheless. Lethu Mkhize was selected from Clarence Primary School as their best footballer; I will upload a picture tomorrow!!!
So let us celebrate that the World Cup is nearly here but keep our fingers crossed that we can be a part of the legacy that lives on!
Thank you to two of our supporters
posted by Oli Walsh on 1 March 2010
I just wanted to write a note to say a big thank you to two supporters who have raised funds for us through an online fundraising portal backabuddy.
Both were supporting very different causes; Gina Timm whose father had sadly passed away asked friends and family to donate to our organisation, instead of donating flowers. We are really thrilled, and the feedback from Gina is that we were chosen becuase of her dad′s love for kids and football, which is great!
The second donation came through Craig Lazarus, who is hoping to raise 100,000 RA by running the London marathon. We wish him the best of luck both in his training and also in is fundraising!
If you would like to donate to either cause, or set up your own fundraising page for Africaid and any events you may be doing then please let me know.
We are so touched by the generousity of the two of them, so thank you again!
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