Recognition for Pacific Health Activist

‘We deliver our message through movement games, and when we ask our participants what they learnt, it is often the same principals they would find on the basketball court’. The strategy of ‘learning through play’ is used as information is given to the attendees whilst a ball is being thrown around – the ball representing the HIV virus.

STOP HIV had the honour of making the shortlist for the Beyond Sport Summit and Awards in London, July 23-25 of this year.While it did not take out the top prize, the recognition, exposure and potential to take the campaign to the international stage was a huge achievement for a program that is only in its first quadrennial.

The shortlisting ensures that STOP HIV will be held in permanent esteem in its field, finishing in the top 10per cent of the 300 entered worldwide. In a competitive field where funding is quintessential to the longevity of an organisation, the chance to make contacts and feature before sponsors such as UNICEF, Barclays and Time is invaluable.

The qualify for the award, organisations must adhere to the following guidelines:
** Have a structure in place that uses sport as a vehicle to drive positive social transformation.
** Create significant impact by changing the lives of communities or individuals, demonstrating awareness of an issue and creating long-term benefits. 
** Have a plan proving the program to be financially sound and sustainable.
** Can be shared and show opportunity for collaboration.

Humbled by the whole experience, Margaret is forever looking to expand the project. With her at the Youth Pacific Basketball Championships is Jamie Toro, who works at a television and radio station in Fiji, and has been certified as a Peer Leader for the program.

This next generation will look to spread the message of protections, as the ABCD of HIV prevention (Abstinence, Being faithful, Condom usage and Doing other activities) is encouraged. Working with age-specific material, STOP HIV also adapts the movement games to these self-grooming topics when younger groups are being addressed. 

Eastgate hopes that through the growing expansion of the organisation, her program will continue to gain recognition – and most importantly, change the behaviour in all that complete her workshop.

By Laura Mock, The Reporters' Academy


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2014 FIBA Calendar

FIBA Central Board Meeting
Barcelona, Spain 1st to 2nd February

FIBA Men's World Cup Draw
Barcelona, Spain 3rd February

FIBA Oceania Office Opening 
Canberra, Australia 28th February

FIBA Oceania Board Meeting
Canberra, Australia 1st to 2nd March

Samoa Basketball Federation
Annual General Meeting March (date to TBC)

FIBA Women's World Cup Draw
Istanbul, Turkey 15th March

FIBA Extraordinary Congress
Istanbul, Turkey 16th March

ONOC Assembly                                          
Guam 2nd to 4th May

FIBA Oceania Congress
Sydney, Australia 9th to 11th May

Basketball New Zealand
Annual General Meeting May 23rd, Wellington

FIBA World Championship for U17 Women               
Bratislava, Slovakia 11th to 20th July

Micronesian Games                                       
Pohnpei, FSM 20th to 29th July

FIBA World Championship for U17 Men                   
UAE - Dubai 8th to 16th August

Youth Olympic Games                                  
Nanjing, China 16th to 28th August

FIBA Congress
Barcelona, Spain 26th to 28th August

World Championship for Men                       
Madrid, Spain 30th August to 14th September

World Championship for Women                   
Istanbul, Turkey 27th September to 5th October

Special Olympics Australia
Melbourne, Australia 20th October to 25th October

Oceania U19 Qualifications for Men & Women

Suva, Fiji 1st December to 6th December


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