STOWE, Vermont – CDI International and the Gauteng North Netball Association, led by the Team Manager of South Africa’s National Netball team, the Proteas, will host a special event at the Centenary Sport Centre, Cullinan, South Africa, on December 1 – World AIDS Awareness Day.
The event will be attended by the High Commissioner of Trinidad & Tobago, His Excellency Harry Partap, and other dignitaries. Messages of goodwill addressed to the youth of South Africa from different countries will be read at the event.
CDI International facilitated receiving these messages and was particularly proud to have received an inspiring message from Usain Bolt, Jamaica’s 2012 Olympic Gold Medal Hero.
His message states in part: “I would like to congratulate the health professionals all over the world who have worked tirelessly to treat the people with this deadly virus… (and) to encourage people to get tested early so that your lives can be lengthened with the right treatment. … I ask all of us around the world to pledge to join the fight against AIDS.”
Other messages received and to be read are from the South African High Commission, Jamaica, Mathu Joyini: “Don’t assume – be sure and test for HIV – it is the right thing to do.”
IIPT Founder and President, Louis D’Amore, said: “Just as South Africa has been an inspiration to the world as a model of truth and reconciliation – so, too, the youth of South Africa have an opportunity to be a world model of health, wellness, and sport as a pathway to conquering aids.”
Jamaica’s Jason Henzell of the BREDS Foundation said: “On World AIDS day, let us imagine how we would like to influence the world, and become that change we want to see.”
South Africa’s Blue Bulls Rugby Union issued a statement of: “Stay healthy, play a sport, and live a positive life.”
South African Motivational Speaker, Billy Selekane, said: “I urge you, I challenge you – dream big – believe – work hard, and the world will be your oyster.”
Other messages to be read are from several organizations in South Africa as well as from India, France, Australia, New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica.
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