Chippa United in conjunction with Red Cross South Africa visited Mboniselo Primary School, on Tuesday 29 August as part of raising awareness and to kick TB out of the Province.

The Chilli Boys are now in the second year of their partnership with the humanitarian organisation, Red Cross South Africa.

Chippa United players led by captain, Diamond Thopola, and senior players Sandile Zuke and Andile Mbenyane were in attendance, with Members of Management, Technical Team and staff also in attendance.

The players divided the 100 learners that were participating in the exercise into groups conducting different drills.

Diamond Thopola told after the drill that the players enjoyed themselves; “We had a wonderful time here with the learners. It is always nice to have an opportunity to engage learners and it  looks like they enjoyed what we did.

“We are always available as players to participate in such initiatives and we are all happy to have a partner, Red Cross that is doing this work the world over,” added Thopola who presented the Principal, Mr Hapa with a ball signed by all the players.

“Today working with our CSI partner, Chippa United hosted 100 Grade 7’s between the ages 13 & 14. Mboniselo being a primary school located at an area where substance abuse/HIV/Gender based violence and TB are rife and we thought such initiative will go a long way in raising awareness.

“The partnership of the two organizations strongly believe in bringing about behavioural change in the lives of the youth. Nothing is greater than seeing a smile on the face of a child,” added a visible elated Van Rooyen, Manager Provincial Programs.

Head Communications and Marketing, Luthando Zibeko said; “The difference between a Club and a Team is corporate social investment and this time here at Mbonisela Primary School together with our partners, Red Cross means a lot to us as a The Pride of the Province.

“Last year when we signed an agreement with Red Cross we were not only looking to taking our brand to the people but most importantly to make a meaningful contribution to the lives of the youth and to kick TB out of the province.

“The statistics of people infected with TB in the province remains high and at Chippa United we want to work with Red Cross to send a message on TB prevention and creating a free TB generation,” added Zibeko.

The players took pictures with the learners and signed autographs.