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2012

  • WhizzKids United partners with the legendary English football club Liverpool FC.
  • The endorsement by Mr. Wilfred Lemke, UN Special Adviser to the Secretary General on Sport for Development and Peace has been renewed.
  • WhizzKids United is approached by the United Nations Association South Africa, in recognition of its good works, and asked to set up a United Nations Chapter in KwaZulu Natal promoting the Millennium Development Goals.
  • 35,000 youth have now benefited directly from WKU programmes.
  • 8,000 youth registered at the WKU Health Academy.
  • 450 WhizzKids receiving ARV treatment at the Health Academy.
  • WKU Board of Trustees and Management make strategic decision to focus all programme activities on Edendale and the Health Academy hub.
  • WhizzKids United launches partnership with the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project.

2011

  • Over 20,000 children have graduated from the WhizzKids United Life Skills programme.
  • WhizzKids United operated its school-based interventions in four KZN communities (Edendale, Umlazi, Tongaat-Verulam-Osindisweni and Jozini) as well as Rustenburg in the North West Province.
  • WhizzKids United collaborated with ABSA Premiership League club Maritzburg United to deliver two successful events for the WhizzKids United Health Academy and the community of Edendale.

2010

  • Over 12,000 children graduated from the WhizzKids United Life Skills programme.
  • The first WhizzKids United Health Academy opened in Edendale, Pietermaritzburg, KZN. Over 5,000 youth registered there in the first six months of operations with more than 1,000 undergoing HIV Counselling and Treatment (HCT).
  • WhizzKids United programme received the Best Project Award in the Sport for Health Category at Global Sports Forum, Barcelona.
  • FIFA awarded Africaid a Football for Hope Centre as part of its '20 Centres for 2010' project.
  • Africaid participated in the Football for Hope Festival 2010 in Alexandra, South Africa as part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
  • The first WhizzKids United outcome evaluation is presented at the International Sport for Development Conference in Cape Town, South Africa.
  • WhizzKids United formally endorsed by Mr. Wilfred Lemke, UN Special Adviser to the Secretary General on Sport for Development and Peace.

2009

  • WhizzKids United was piloted in the United Kingdom with Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers, Aston Villa, Arsenal and Charlton Athletic.
  • WhizzKids United launched in Australia to work with aboriginal children.
  • Over 10,000 children enrolled in WhizzKids United programmes to date.
  • Africaid launched WhizzKids United programme in schools and a youth correctional facility in North West Province and expanded to Western Cape Province.
  • Africaid leads a workshop on sustainable youth HIV prevention at a FIFA Football for Hope Conference in Johannesburg.

2008

  • Africaid became a programme partner of FIFA's Football for Hope movement and a network member of streetfootballworld.
  • Africaid partnered with the KZN Premier's Office to help roll out WhizzKids United province-wide.
  • Africaid hosted a successful World AIDS Day tournament for WhizzKids United graduates at the International Convention Centre in Durban.
  • WhizzKids United is operated in four of KZN's eleven districts: uMgungundlovu, eThekwini, uThungulu and iLembe.
  • WhizzKids United launched in Uganda.

2007

  • Africaid launched WhizzKids United Peer Education in Edendale, Pietermaritzburg, KZN.
  • WhizzKids United programme formally endorsed by Dr. Bruce Walker of Harvard University.
  • WhizzKids United launched in Ghana.

2006

  • WhizzKids United launched in Edendale, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
  • WhizzKids United is presented and received enthusiastically at the World AIDS Conference in Toronto and at the Clinton Global Summit in New York City.

2005

  • Africaid registered as a South African non-profit organization.
  • Africaid completed the development of WhizzKids United, a revolutionary new approach to HIV prevention that uses football as an analogy to teach life skills to the youth of South Africa.

2004

  • Africaid developed and implemented a Pediatric Palliative Care Training Manual for home-based carers for the RSA National Hospice Association. This work has been adopted globally.
  • The KZN Department of Health and Harvard Medical School invited Marcus to assist in the development an ARV patient pathway, Patient literacy programme and ARV training for Health Professionals for KwaZulu Natal Province. In the first year over 6,000 Health Professionals are trained and over 70 000 patients start life saving treatment.
  • Africaid presented at the World AIDS Conference in Bangkok on how to successfully deliver ARV's in resource limited settings by training all health professionals in ARV delivery.

2003

  • Africaid funded and built a Youth Sports Centre and HIV Clinic in northern Ghana. In partnership with Planned Partnership Ghana, the centre was utilized by over 350 kids each day.
  • Africaid developed one of the first ARV training manuals for Health Professionals in South Africa. This manual has been used globally and translated into over five different languages

2002

  • Africaid was founded as a UK-based charity by HIV Nurse Specialists Marcus McGilvray and Nicola Willis.
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