STOP Engages Athletes
Close to 150 people are now more informed about the dangers of Non-Communicable Disease as well as anti-doing and the Go Green program after an outreach by FASANOC's STOP Champions.
Led by coordinator Jeegar Bhasvar, the 2016 STOP Champions led an outreach at the 2016 Marist Hockey Tournament over the weekend.
Jeegar said the best way to get their message across was to use athletes to engage other athletes on their programs.
"Our champions are athletes that have represented the country and are passionate about healthy living and better lifestyles that benefit other people," he said.
Team Fiji hockey reps Hector Smith, Tessa Herman and Tailah Ah Yuk along with Team Fiji Cricketer Joana Lesi, Team Fiji Womens Footballers Laisani Mataele and Kinisimere Ravai and Team Fiji Bodybuilder Isimeli Waqabaca were part of the two day tournament.
Waqabaca said it was his second Marist tournament and he was happy with how people responded to them.
"Most of the athletes we were able to talk to last year and this year most of them brought friends along with them," he said.
"This basically tells me that we are doing something right if people are coming back with friends to hear what STOP is all about."
Jeegar said he was pleased with how his Champions acted during the two day tournament.
"The Champions were confident in getting their message across and the people were more at ease with them," he said.
"The response from the athletes and supporters to our STOP Champions has been great and now we can collate the information gathered to determine how well they know HIV/AIDS and NCD's and how it can be harmful to them."
Pic: Team Fiji Bodybuilder Isimeli Waqabaca explaining STOP to participants