Reportage

AIDS focus at ICC South Africa cricket championship

10 September 2007

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Aussie stars support loveLife project

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Nathan Bracken and Brad Hodge took time out of their preparations for the ICC World Twenty20 2007 to visit a project as part of the ICC’s work with UNAIDS and UNICEF to raise awareness on AIDS.

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“Cricket can help combat HIV and AIDS”, says Graeme Smith

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The Proteas skipper Graeme Smith is not only upbeat about victory in the ICC 2007 World Twenty20 but also optimistic about how cricket can add to combating HIV among children and young people.

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Promoting sport and HIV prevention

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“What do you want to do when you grow up?” “Play cricket for South Africa!” the six boys cried out in unison when asked about their future aspirations. The group of 9- and 10-year-old ‘mini-cricketers’ from Alexander Township on the outskirts of Johannesburg, were at Wanderers to meet some of their heroes from the Bangladeshi cricket team, here to participate in the ICC World Twenty20 2007, taking place in South Africa from 11 to 24 September.

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McCullum backs HIV and AIDS campaign

Neil McCullum wears two caps – star cricketer for Scotland on the pitch as well as a physical education teacher.

Squeezing in training sessions and international cricket play when his day job allows, Neil also manages to make time in his busy schedule to support the ICC’s HIV awareness programme by visiting children infected with or affected by HIV.

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Pakistan cricket team talks about HIV prevention

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Bats flashing. Balls flying. The three young boys, their fingers intertwined in the links of the wire-mesh fence, watched mesmerized as some of their cricket idols trained on a pitch just outside of South Africa.

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Cricket chief and star show AIDS solidarity in India
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Head of the International Cricket Council (ICC), Malcolm Speed joined Indian star Virender Sehwag and Cecilio Adorna, UNICEF India country representative, in a visit to the Antiretroviral treatment centre of the Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital in New Delhi at the end of August. The visit was part of the ICC's partnership with UNAIDS and UNICEF to raise awareness and reduce stigma around AIDS and the impact of AIDS on children through the global campaign, UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS.

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Stars back AIDS awareness campaign at ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa

International cricketers will highlight the situation of children and young people living with HIV as part of a far-reaching AIDS awareness campaign during the 2007 World Twenty20 world cricket championship in South Africa.

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