Football against AIDS: Vitali Klitschko visited GIZ "FAIR PLAY" project
19th June 2012Download PDF
Football against AIDS: Vitali Klitschko visited GIZ “FAIR PLAY project
On Sunday June 17th, the multiple world boxing champion Vitali Klitschko visited the HIV/AIDS prevention project FAIR PLAY at the European Village under the Arch of Friendship in Kiev. FAIR PLAY is a project of the German-Ukrainian cooperation within the framework of 2012 European football event which links HIV/AIDS prevention for young people with football.
After the FAIR PLAY tournament, Klitschko performed as a goalkeeper while a penalty shootout, discussed with the girls and boys and signed autographs. Finally he awarded the winners and handed over the “FAIR PLAY” cup. “If you have an aim, try to achieve it. Be tough, take care of your health – and don’t give AIDS the chance”, Klitschko advised.
GIZ project director Martin Kade was excited. “It is fantastic that such an influential personality like Klitschko commits himself for our project and the taboo topic AIDS. Vitali is a hero for many young people. With his support we can reach even more children.”
The thematic day in the European Village was dedicated to the topic “Towards a Healthy Society”. Ukraine has one of the severe HIV epidemic rates in Europe and combating aids is one of the focal areas of German Ukrainian development cooperation. Above all, young people are at risk – especially when they are not informed about the correct behavior. The FAIR PLAY project is implemented by GIZ on behalf of German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. It takes advantage of the football enthusiasm of young people to inform about HIV/AIDS.
On the basis of a special FAIR PLAY concept, the children learn in a playful way how to protect themselves and others against the disease. FAIR PLAY already reached 30.000 children all over Ukraine. In total the project seeks to address up to 40.000 girls and boys. Goodwill ambassador of the project is Ukrainian football star Antoli Timoschtschuk. During eight tournament days the young FAIR PLAYers demonstrated their football and fair play skills on the FAIR PLAY ARENA at the European Village.