The Discovery Health Sports Heroes Walk Against AIDS (DHSHWAA) gala dinner hosted by Discovery Health in conjunction with the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) was a success. The event was held at the Olympic House in Johannesburg on 7 November 2013.
Some of South Africa’s sports legends in attendance were: long time captain of the Springboks, and currently CEO of Sharks Rugby, John Smit, and our Olympic rowing gold medallists, Sizwe Ndlovu, John Smith, Mathew Brittain and James Thompson. These stars, together with other athletes ,will participate in the walk that will commence in Van Rynsdorp on 16 November 2013 and culminate in Khayelitsha on 1 December, coinciding with World AIDS Day.
DHSHWAA has assisted many communities through building structures and homes that habitat and improve conditions of people living with HIV/AIDS.
Says President of SASCOC, Mr. Gideon Sam, “As part of our contribution to the total development of people, we at SASCOC believe that motivating athletes to plough back is very satisfying. That is why we are here to support this effort by Sports Heroes… we have been part of it for many years and we believe it is a worthy cause to support.”
Discovery Health CEO, Dr. Jonathan Broomberg thanked all the partners, sponsors and attendees of the gala dinner. He urged everyone to spread the news and raise awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
DHSHWAA presented a cheque worth R200 000 to West Coast Community HIV/AIDS initiative, which will assist that community in taking care of the people with the ailment.
This year marks the 12th anniversary of the Sport Heroes Walk Against AIDS, a non-profit initiative that seeks to use sport as a tool to change peoples lives. Each year, various South African sporting personalities walk from one province to the next, raising funds for HIV and AIDS hospices all over South Africa.