The International Kicking AIDS Out! Network celebrated its 10th Anniversary on 23rd August 2011 in Johanesburg at an event graced by His Excellency Lt. Col Bizwayo Newton Nkunika High Commissioner of Zambia to South Africa.
The Kicking AIDS Out concept was initiated by Zambian, Oscar Mwaanga and the Edusport Foundation. The Network has over the last decade developed into an International Network extending to Europe, South Asia, Oceania, North America and across South and Eastern Africa.
In Zambia the Network has a membership of 6 organisations including NOWSPAR, Edusport, Sport In Action, SCORE and Response Network and Kwenuha.
The Anniversary Celebration was hosted by the Network Secretariate in South Africa and was a moment to reflect and celebrate the achievements and progress the Network has made as well as the contributions it has made to youth empowerment, to development of the Sport for development approach.
Speaking at the event His Excellency Lt. Col Nkunika challenged the Network to move into the next decade with the vigor and passion that it faced the last 10 years.
He commended the work that has gone into making the Network successful and especially for the strong focus on youth empowerment.
NOWSPAR Executive Director, Ms. Matilda Mwaba, who had served as the Network Chairperson upto 2005, said of the future of the Network that ‘the Network stands at the verge of a new era, a time when the environment in which the initial idea was developed has changed. The issues are the same but the dynamics are changing and the Network has to position itself to respond to these external dynamics as well as the internal Network needs and operations’
In the Key Note address, Director of International Cooperation at NIF, Mr. Bjorn Omar Evu, shared the path the Network had taken in its development including the partnerships with NIF, Commonwealth Games Canada and UK Sport. He commended the contributions of the Network and concept pioneers including Oscar Mwaanga and several individuals.
NOWSPAR General Secretary was MC at the event together with Ato Rockcliffe from Carebean.
In the pic on the left, a toast was given by His Excellency Lt. Co. Nkunika to the Youth of the World and to the Kicking AIDS Out! Network.
The Celebration was attended by the Network members, members of the Diplomatic Corps, Government and media. For more information also visit http://www.sportanddev.org and http://www.kickingaidsout.net