Walmer Location was a hype of activity on Monday, 07 -08 November 2016 as Chippa United joined the Departments of Education and Health, Red Cross and Love Life for the launch of the Kick TB campaign in Nelson Mandela Bay.
The Chippa United representatives received a rapturous welcome from the Walmer Primary School learners who were visibly elated to see their heroes.
The delegation was led by Head Coach Dan Malesela, who was accompanied by his no. 2 Mbuyiselo ‘Viera’ Sambu, James Okwuosa, Zama Dlamini, Bongani ‘Drogba’ Ndulula, Linda ‘Tsiki’ Shiba, Manager Marketing and Communications, Luthando ‘Trompies’ Zibeko and Business Development Officer, Nombasa Zini.
Members from the newly launched Walmer Supporters Branch joined hands with the municipality increase awareness and knowledge regarding the pendemic, and promote behavioural change required to prevent TB infection. The initiative also aims to dispel common myths and misconceptions that currently contribute to the stigmatization of TB.
Head Coach, Dan ‘Dance’ Malesela told chippautdfc.co.za that there was no hesitation from the Club when the Department of Education sent the invite.
“Chippa United is a caring Football Club. We have declared the season as our #SeasonOfGrowth, so in line with our theme we always make time for corporate social responsibility programmes. There was no hesitation from the Club to participate in this initiative when the invitation came through to the office.
“We are quite aware of our role in the community to create awareness and in this particular case we are here to support this initiative by government to kick the TB out of our schools and eventually out of the province,” said Malesela.
Global TB ambassador, Gerry Elsdon welcomed Chippa United and said; “The players are the role models to the children. Their messages have a way of getting through to the children. The presence of the Team created good energy for the event.
“We used the launch of Kick TB also to support the Imbumba Foundation Caring4Girls program; a sanitary towels and menstrual hygiene programme for underprivileged girls. The players were available to help us with the distribution. We would like to thank the Club for taking time off from their hectic schedule to join us today,” she added.
The event continued with the Organising Team visiting a few other schools in the Nelson Mandela Metro on Monday and Tuesday.
The branded promotional truck with stage and sound sets left Port Elizabeth on Tuesday afternoon for East London on Tuesday.