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WKU hosts Charlize Theron and global media

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On 17 July WhizzKids United hosted a number of international, national and local media representatives at our Health Academy ahead of the start of the International AIDS Conference in Durban this month.

The media visit was organised together with our long-term partner CTAOP and their patron Charlize Theron. We used the day to give the journalists first-hand information about WhizzKids United as a benchmark for adolescent health care in Africa and to experience our work through active participation.

Our Game Changers invited the journalists to a session of ‘speed-dating’ in which the participants could get to know each other within just a few minutes and learn about the work done by the Game Changers. Charlize Theron and her team from the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project also engaged in this activity much to the delight of the Game Changers.

Furthermore, the visitors had the opportunity to experience our ‘On the Ball’ programme and how it teaches life skills through football. Together with players from our boys and girls football teams our facilitator Sanele challenged the media to take on the kids in the various games and obstacle courses.

The final part of the active learning programme was a presentation by our very own Dr Madlala about the health intervention provided by our clinic team at the Health Academy. Hearing about the struggles of many young people and how they turn to WKU for support on their journey helped the journalists realise the importance of WhizzKids United in the lives of young people.

The message was further reinforced by the visit of the MEC for Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, who used the opportunity to explain in detail how the partnership between the Department of Health andWhizzKids United adds value to the health care in the province.

See of the echo from the media visit to WhizzKids United by following the links below. 
News.com.au (Australia)
Independent Online (South Africa)
The Guardian (United Kingdom)
The Guardian (United Kingdom)
Times Live (South Africa)
Meander Chronical (South Africa)

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