STOP Champions, Drug Free Sports Fiji and Hoops For Health Join Forces
Wednesday 11th May, 2015
FASANOC's STOP programme was successful in advocating to more than 950 students, athletes and members of the public during the three day Coca-Cola games held between the 27th to the 29th of April, 2016 on the effects of Non Communicable Diseases and HIV/AIDS.
STOP Champions with help from Basketball Fiji's Hoops for Health programme and Drug Free Sports programme conducted a three day advocacy to promote healthier living through sports.
Fiji Footballs Just Play programme also contributed merchandise that was handed out during the games.
STOP co-ordinator Jeegar Bhasvar said the numbers they had reached was surprising even for him.
"It just goes to show that younger people are interested in the effects of Non Communicable Diseases and drugs in sports and want to know more as to how they can protect themselves from it," he said.
"This is where our STOP Champions come in as they are elite athletes themselves so they are able to communicate very well with the younger, upcoming future of sports in the country."
Jeegar said it was encouraging for the STOP programme to get more students interested in what the programme was about.
He said because they were using current Fiji athletes who had participated in the Coca Cola games in the past was a plus for the Programme.
"Our STOP Champions, Just Play and Hoops for Health advocates are all current Fiji athletes and are easily recognised by many students so that also helped," Jeegar said.
"It also helps that these athletes are passionate about what they are advocating on and young which makes upcoming athletes more comfortable and easily approachable."
He said they managed to target more than 950 athletes and disseminate information concerning the effects of HIV/AIDS and NCD's.