STOP Champions Advocate Over The Easter Weekend
Tuesday 29th March, 2016
A total of 750 athletes involved in volleyball, hockey and basketball were informed of the dangers of HIV and Non-Communicable Diseases and the need to live a better healthier lifestyle over the weekend by STOP Champions.
Sports Training and Outreach Programme (STOP) co-ordinator Jeegar Bhasvar said they had targeted more than 600 athletes and they were happy with the outcome.
"Our job is to inform and educate people on the dangers of HIV and NCD's and what better way to do that than through sports," he said.
Jeegar said STOP Champions from various sporting federations were on hand to help their fellow athletes learn about the dangers and how best to avoid them.
"Over the Easter weekend there were a lot of sporting events happening so it was an opportune time for our STOP Champions to advocate," he said.
"And many of the athletes were receptive to our STOP Champions so it was an excellent two way street where we managed to get out the information and also learn new things from athletes."
STOP Champions that put their weekend on hold to advocate included current and former Team Fiji athletes like Tailah Ah Yuk, Hector and Adrian Smith from hockey, Kinisimere Ravai, Lavenia Yalovi, Laisani Mataele, Naomi waqanidrola from soccer, Viniana Ravai, Akosita Ravato, Esiteri Bulikobo from Rugby Womens 7s, Ada Dansey, Leah Seru, William Qounadovu from basketball.