Dutch girls show support for Think Wise partnership

Thu, Oct 7, 2010 2:31 PM

Leading players from the Netherlands women's cricket team have visited a school near Potchefstroom this week to help raise awareness of HIV as part of the ICC's Think Wise partnership.

The players visited the learners of Boitshoko High School in partnership with loveLife, South Africa's largest HIV/AIDS prevention programme.

loveLife Regional Manager of Bojanala, Lesego Mokoena believes that the ICC and loveLife are nurturing young people to be ambitious and live constructive lives. This coaching clinic is in line with the vision to teach tangible skills to the youth.

"It is a good opportunity for these children who don't often have the privilege to play cricket to interact with leading international players. They will see that these are real people and the coaching will be motivation for them to realise that sport can be a career choice and not only a pipe dream," said Mokoena.

ICC Head of Member Services Jon Long says the ICC has worked for the past decade in partnering with global organisations such as UNAIDS and UNICEF to raise awareness and reduce stigma around HIV.

"By working with local delivery partners such as loveLife in South Africa, we hope to help empower young people to protect themselves from HIV."

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