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Using the power of football to educate youth about HIV

28 February 2014


As we celebrate Nicholas Dlamini's ride in this week's Cape Rouleur as our Elton John AIDS Foundation Ambassador, we're highlighting some of the nearly 200 programs that the Foundation has funded in South Africa.

The Football for Hope Centre (FFH) is a project of Grassroots Soccer, an international charity that trains African soccer stars, coaches, teachers and peer educators in the world’s most HIV-affected countries to deliver an interactive HIV prevention and lifeskills curriculum to youth. Sir Elton John celebrated his 63rd birthday with teenagers at the FFH Centre in Khayelitsha Township, just outside Cape Town, South Africa.

Growing up in and around  Khayelitsha, Nicholas Dlamini has a firsthand understanding of the damage that HIV has done to his community and the country as a whole. Throughout the Cape Rouleur, Nicholas is raising funds and awareness for the Elton John AIDS Foundation via JustGiving to support programs like these. In his capacity as Ambassador, Nicholas heads a team of cyclists from UBS who are also riding to support the Foundation.

The Elton John AIDS Foundation has provided ZAR196 million (GBP£16 million) in funding to HIV/AIDS related projects across South Africa, which has the highest number of people living with HIV/AIDS in the world. The Foundation continues to work extensively in and around the areas where Nicholas grew up.

To support Nicholas and the EJAF/UBS team with a donation to the Elton John AIDS Foundation, visit