Star for Life-‘AIDS Free That Me’ Celebrates its Fifth Anniversary

>> Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Star for Life, an AIDS-awareness and prevention programme founded in 2005 by Dan Olofsson, is currently offered at 62 schools in KwaZulu-Natal and 10 in Namibia, and has brought inspiration and educational freedom to approximately 50 000 learners in the province.

In celebration of the programme’s fifth anniversary, and coinciding with the World Cup, guests of honour and learners enrolled in the Star for Life programme will meet at Vukuzakhe High School in Umlazi, Durban to showcase the remarkable achievements the programme has attained to date.

The guests of honour at the event will include Dan Olofsson- founder of Star for Life and chairman of the board, Anders Lindblad- President of Volvo Southern Africa which is a one of the donors to Star for Life and Glenn Stromberg- a well-known Swedish former footballer and television commentator. The guests will enjoy a morning of festivities interacting with learners at Vukuzakhe High School.

In addition to its five year tenure, Star for Life has much to celebrate. An independent impact assessment evaluated the significant effects that the programme has introduced to KwaZulu-Natal learners and revealed that schools participating in the project noted a reduction in the number of teenage pregnancies, their learners showed better academic performances, there had been a marked increase in VCTs (voluntary testing and counseling), and that learners expressed a heightened sense of self esteem after their three-year enrollment in the programme. Star for Life has also recently launched its mobile clinic project in response to the demands from learners and surrounding community for voluntary testing and counseling (VCT)or HCT.

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