MARULANENG – Dozens of people converged at TUPS City in Marulaneng Village outside Jane Furse for the Annual World AIDS Day celebration. The sporting event was aiming to raise awarenesses about the danger of HIV/AIDS by promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports participation. During the day, TUPS Sport Federation together with TUPS CITY Multi-code Sport Academy held an all-day activation known as World Aids Day TUPS Sport Festival where TUPS Clubs from various parts of the village took part.
World Aids Day events take place on 1 December each year. The day offer an opportunity for people around the world to unite and fight against HIV/AIDS, show support for people living with HIV/AIDS and to commemorate those who have died from HIV/AIDS related diseases. With the estimation of 36.7 Million people living with the virus in the world, the day was officially announced in 1988, as the first ever global health day. According to TUPS Sport inventor, Mr Puleng Mmotla, they decided to join the world to convey the message and raise awarenesses about the importance of HIV testing, treatment and the use of the new invented sport to advance lives of people living with HIV/AIDS.
“Even with so much effort by government and NGOs, people still fail to understand the facts the facts about how to protect themselves and others where stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with the condition,” he said. Mmotla added that World AIDS Day play a typical role in reminding the public that the danger of the disease in the current society. “The day is important because it reminds the public and government that HIV has not gone away. There is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education to educate people about the disease. Sport participation also has an active role to play because it contribute to the well-being of a person,” said Mmotla Mmotla added that the day create an opportunity to show solidarity with the millions of people living with the virus worldwide. “TUPS is not only about sport, our other role is to tackle social issues and challenges facing the communities,” he said. He said the sporting code is aiming to spread the message to other Southern African countries to promote protected sex among young people. “We have partnered with Super B and became member of the Southern African Association of Youth Clubs (SAAYC) in order to raise awarenesses and reach to other African countries through multi- sporting codes,” he said. Mmotla explained that they will be conducting sod turning for their Multi-code Sports Precinct that will include a multi-code amphitheatre and multiple sporting facility. “This is the beginning of a long-term investment to be made by different role players to allow our participants a responsibility towards a good personal health,” he said. Despite the virus only being discovered in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV/AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in human history.