The international community responded to a call from Community Development Initiatives International (CDII), a South African non profit company, by submitting Messages of Goodwill to the Youth of South Africa to recognise International World AIDS Awareness Day.
CDII partnered with the City of Tshwane to recognize the 26th Annual International World’s AIDS Day with an unique Event at Zonderwater Training College Sports Grounds in Cullinan, outside Pretoria.

Communities from Cullinan to Mamelodi came together on Saturday to recognise AIDS Awareness through healthy living by participating in sport activities.

Special guests at the Event included Trinidad & Tobago’s High Commissioner HE Mr. Harry Partap, USAID’s Senior Strategic Information Technical Advisor, Amy Gottlieb, Netball Coach, Claudine Claassen, who was recognised at the recent SA Sports Awards for her contributions to netball and Pretoria’s well known Arts Revelation song and dance ensemble.

The Event under the theme of ‘Getting to Zero: Sport Against AIDS and HIV” was held at the Zonderwater Training College in Cullinan.

For the second consecutive year local NPO, Community Development Initiatives International (CDII), partnered with the City of Tshwane to host the Event which educates the youth about AIDS and HIV and encourages the youth from Regions 5, 6 and 7 to get involved in sport for a healthy lifestyle.

CDII’s Mapula Tlhagale said “the purpose of holding this event each year in Cullinan is to create awareness about AIDS and the importance of healthy living, particularly amongst the youth. Sport is an important and unifying opportunity to inform the youth about AIDS and to encourage understanding and acceptance of people suffering from HIV and AIDS.” The event this year, Mrs. Tlhagale said “has special significance because CDII and the City of Tshwane have also used the opportunity to recognise the first anniversary of the passing of Nelson Mandela and the twentieth anniversary of our democracy”

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