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Mission of mercy for Soo

Category: Five Live

Date: 01.12.2004
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Soo Matthews, the Head of Primrose School, Harehills, in Leeds, has travelled with Radio Five Live to see for herself the affect of Aids on a South African township community.

She will meet local dignitaries and teachers at a school in Umlazi township and take part in Five Live's special edition of Drive for World Aids Day today (1 December) with Jane Garvey from 4.00pm.

The Mayor of Leeds, with the help of Five Live, will officially launch an appeal for urgently needed medical supplies for the people of Umlazi.

The Mayor is joined by his contemporary in Leeds' twin city, Durban, to raise money to buy special kits which are used by volunteers to visit people who are bedridden.

The kits cost £10 each and include items such as bandages.

As part of the same project Soo Matthews is meeting with local teachers to set up an exchange scheme - she hopes that pupils from Leeds will one day be able to spend time in the township.

Five Live has spent the past six months monitoring how HIV/Aids affects the people of Umlazi.

The township near Durban is home to around 500,000 people and as many as 50 per cent of the population is thought to be infected with the virus.



Category: Five Live

Date: 01.12.2004
Printable version


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