In recent years the Gogos (Zulu word for Granny) in the Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust (HACT) Granny Support Groups have started playing soccer, netball and other sports, as a way to keep fit and healthy and to promote healthy living to their grandchildren and the broader community. In 2011 the first ever Gogolympics took place, attracting widespread media coverage and community interest. 2014 was the biggest Gogolympics yet, with nearly 1,000 Gogo participants!
HACT has 36 Gogo Support Groups operating across five different communities, of which roughly 2,000 Grandmothers are members. Our granny groups meet regularly to support each other in their plight as grandmothers affected by HIV/AIDS and other issues facing the community. The groups engage in stress-alleviation and skills-development activities including literacy, first aid, sewing and bereavement counselling training.
Vote of Thanks
The main sponsors of the Gogolympics 2014 were:
Afrisun KZN Community Development Trust
Stephen Lewis Foundation
We are grateful to the eThekwini Municipality and the local Counsellors for their support to the event, and are particularly grateful to the host school for allowing us to use their facilities and sports field once again.
In-Kind donations were received from the following sponsors:
KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport & Recreation