WhizzKids United`s Awareness and Fundraising campaign Walk for a good cause!
posted by Sarah Koelsch on 20 April 2011
East Coast Radio Big Walk 2011
East Coast Radio Big Walk 2011

Durban’s biggest and coolest event, The East Coast Radio Discovery Big Walk is taking place on May 22 and WhizzKids United makes use of this Durban placed event to raise awareness about our work and to raise funds. We are looking for Walkers who would like to join us as part of “Team WhizzKids United.” It’s more a grassroots-campaign in terms of encouraging and activating people in our environment and we hope we get mobilized the Durbanites to walk for the WhizzKids United team and a good cause.

Steps to join the WhizzKids United team:

All you need to do is register for the event online here or at any of these Total Sports Outlets.  You will be able to choose between walking 5km (R55), 10km (R60.50), 15 km (R71.50) or 20 km (R71.50).  Closing dates for entry to the event is May 6 so please register for the event before that.

Once you have registered online or at one of the Total Sports Stores you will receive a reference number.  If you would like to pledge support to WhizzKids United and join our team on the day, please “follow this link” – www.whizzkidsunited.org/BigWalk to register on our website.

During this short registration process you have the option to purchase a WhizzKids United t-shirt for R75 which you can wear on the day of the event to show support for WhizzKids United.  You can collect and pay for the t-shirt either at our offices (office hours from 8.30am to 5pm) or at UShaka Marine World on the morning of the event.  Buyinh a t-shirt is optional!!! We do not require you to buy one to join us for the day but we do encourage you to register on our website so we know how many supporters we can expect on the day. Once you have registered on our website you will receive a confirmation email which outline in more detail the payment options, meeting points and other useful information.

WhizzKids United is looking forward to having you in the team.

WhizzKids United`s speech at the Black & Ethnic Minority Health Section in England
posted by Sarah Koelsch on 12 April 2011
Jabu Zulu at the WhizzKids United Health Academy
Jabu Zulu at the WhizzKids United Health Academy

WhizzKids United will attend the Black & Ethnic Minority Health Section at the conference ''Sex, STIs and Stigma: Challenges for HIV-positive Adolescents in the United Kingdom and Africa''. The section takes place on the 27th of June 2011 in the holy halls of the Royal Society of Medicine in London, England.  Jabu Zulu, our WhizzKids United Health Academy Programme Manager will have the honour to speak about the first eventful year of our adolescent friendly Health clinic in Edendale, Pietermaritzburg. 

Our WhizzKids United Health Academy serves an exclusively adolescent patient population with vital clinical services such as HIV testing, counselling, treatment and management of sexually transmitted diseases, administration and management of antiretroviral (ARV) treatment, and psycho-social support groups for kids living with HIV/AIDS.  Beside the health services our WhizzKids United Health Academy also features a football pitch and computer resource centre, and offer other services such as Mixed Gender football leagues, homework clubs, career guidance, and educational videos.

It will be Jabu Zulu`s first journey to Europe and the United Kingdom.  She is already excited and can’t wait to do a sightseeing tour around London.  `I am already thinking about the content of my presentation and I am always in search of meaningful pictures I can use to make my presentation more visual and touchable to the audience.  I am really looking forward to this trip´.

The respected adolescent sexual health specialist Dr. Tomas Campell who has worked with WhizzKids United for years will also be one of the guest speakers.  He is convinced that `WhizzKids Health Academy is a beacon of hope and expertise with regards to what CAN be achieved by innovation, flexibility and the will to make a difference to the lives of South Africa's young people’. WhizzKids United is proud and grateful about this opportunity.  We are all looking forward to this event and even when we can’t be present we will send her our support straight from Durban, South Africa to Jabu on the stage!  Congratulations and Good luck!

Keep the ball rolling!
posted by Marlen Krause on 6 April 2011
Many thanks to all WhizzKids United facilitators for their notable commitment and their great work!
Many thanks to all WhizzKids United facilitators for their notable commitment and their great work!

Since the end of last week the first school term of the year is over already and the schools in KwaZulu-Natal are closed for a couple of holidays. Surely, teachers and learners are using the free days to recover from each other and spend time with relatives and friends.

The Programme Team of WhizzKids United, however, is rather using the school break to plan the upcoming weeks and ensure that our Life Skills and Peer Education programme will run as smoothly in the second term as they did in the first one. In KwaZulu-Natal we are currently working in two primary schools in the Umlazi township, one high school in the township of Edendale and three other primary schools in North eThekwini. As the Life Skills programme will be finished soon in two of the schools in North eThekwini, WhizzKids United and its partner organisation Medical Care Development International (MCDI) work closely together in order to approach new schools in this area. We make sure that the ball will keep rolling!

As I am a Programme Co-ordinator at WhizzKids United, I often work together with our Life Skills trainers, especially with our nine facilitators in KwaZulu-Natal. I support them with the preparation and administration of the programme and I also visit them regularly on site. Additionally, the trainers come to the head office every Friday, where the Durban-based office staff run workshops with them, which improve their knowledge about HIV & AIDS, gender roles, goal-setting, football skills, personal development skills and much more...

I know that our trainers have a very challenging job and that successfully implementing and running the programme in the field is usually not easy. But I would like to thank all our Life Skills facilitators for their great work during the last few months and their outstanding commitment to make a positive change in young peoples' lives. Your effort is exceptional and remarkable! Thank you, guys!

Marlen

Former WhizzKids United volunteer shows noble effort
posted by Sarah Koelsch on 5 April 2011
Daniel in front of the WKU office
Daniel in front of the WKU office

Our former Media and Event Coordinator Daniel Schoeberl from Germany has had his blog ''Curious - Sport mal anders'', which focuses on sport for development, shortlisted for the Superblog 2011 competition. If he wins, he will donate the prize money to WhizzKids United! The first prize is 250 Euro, the second best sport blog wins 150 Euro and the third prize is 100 Euro.

Daniel joined the Operations team last year and supported WhizzKids United for six months. `I got to know the team, the organisation and the work they do very well and that’s the reason why I am 100 percent convinced the WhizzKids United is the right address for my prize money´. WhizzKids United would like to ask you to support Daniels blog and his noble effort. All we/he need/s is your vote for his blog Curious - Sport mal anders!

Voting Instructions:

1. Follow the link http://svy.mk/gPGSYz 2. Click on the button “Weiter” until you get to a page which says “Kategorie: Sport” as the heading (should be 7 clicks) 3. Scroll down the page until you come across a link which reads “Sport Mal Anders”. On the le...ft side of the link you need to click on the CIRCLE to select the “Sport Mal Anders” blog. 4. Then continue clicking “Weiter” until you come to a final page where there is a check box called “Fertig”. Click this and you have voted for the blog and supported WhizzKids United

Mixed Gender League Final
posted by Tom Farrar on 4 April 2011
Nursing Sister Busi Madondo preparing a delicious lamb stew to feed the masses
Nursing Sister Busi Madondo preparing a delicious lamb stew to feed the masses

Last week was an exciting week for the WhizzKids United staff in both Durban and Edendale.   The week was spent preparing for the Mixed Gender League Finals to be held at the pitch in front of the WhizzKids United Health Academy.   I had a chance to prepare some of the materials given out to the participants of the Mixed Gender League such as framed pictures for each team and trophies for the winners! 

Thursday was a ridiculously hot day out in Edendale, but the Durban office staff stuck it out and managed to take some awesome photos and videos of the teams playing in the two final games: Muzi Thusi v. Henryville and Esigodini v. Mthethomusha.  There was singing, dancing, laughing and, of course, football playing to be had by all.  The league also dedicated a moment of silence for our fallen Mixed Gender League player, Nkosinathi Hlela.  Even though there were moments of mourning, there were many moments of joy.  Supporters cheered on their favourite teams during each and every minute of the game.  After a hard fought battle, Esigodini secured a win and have been named the League Champions – congratulations to Esigodini and each of the teams who showed up to play and show their support!

When the games ended and the cheers had settled, everyone sat down for a lovely lunch prepared by the Health Academy staff.  The day concluded with a very impressive performance by the WhizzKids United Health Academy Drum Majorettes followed by an impromptu dance party and the awards ceremony, with a passionate and enthusiastic key note speech from our very own Life Skills Trainer, Neli.  All in all, a perfect end to a beautiful day!

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