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Come be my Gladiator

Dr Christina Swart-Opperman (right), founder of the CSO Aids Orphans Trust, and the winning team with their “Gladiator” Sacky Nambuli from Wingoc.

Dr Christina Swart-Opperman (right), founder of the CSO Aids Orphans Trust, and the winning team with their “Gladiator” Sacky Nambuli from Wingoc.

Using the very popular Gladiator TV entertainment show as background, the CSO Aids Orphans Trust has over several years, established a similar concept for local primary schools to compete in a constructive way while enjoying themselves. The 6th Gladiator Day was held last week Friday.  One of the aims of the Christina Swart-Opperman Aids Orphan Foundation Trust is to contribute towards the upliftment of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.  An important element of being a child is to have fun and to compete in a healthy manner with others.  This is exactly the purpose of hosting the regular Gladiator Days. A floating trophy for the best team was handed over for the fourth year.  With this trophy, healthy competition amongst the children is encouraged.  All participaring children also received a medal as token of recognition for their participation this year.  Sixty learners from Olof Palme Primary School,  fourty from Dr Frans “Aupa” Ndongo Primary School and twenty from Otjomuise Primary School participated.  The large group of learners had a most enjoyable day. For many of these vulnerable children, social events like the Gladiator Day, are the only opportunities they have to interact with the world outside their school. Since most of the children are orphans, they do not have access to the normal channels of community exposure other children enjoy through their parents. The sponsors this year are AdforceDDB, Hartlief Continental Meat Products, Motor Vehicle Accident Fund, Office of the Mayor for the public Bus Transport for the kids, Pep Stores, Pointbreak Group Holdings, Sanlam Namibia and Windhoek Goreangab Operating Company.

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