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Media invitation – South Africa: Women and Men Against Child Abuse – Athletes Against Child Abuse

Women and Men Against Child Abuse (WMACA) (www.WMACA.org) invites you, the media, to the launch an exciting and much needed initiative " Women and Men Against Child Abuse Athletes Against Child Abuse - WMACA AACA" on the 22nd of April 2021 at 10:00 am.

LAUNCH DATE: 22 APRIL 2021 at 10:00 am

HILTON SANDTON (138 Rivonia Rd Sandown Sandton 2196)

RSVP: tania@wmaca.org

This new division, a first of its kind in South Africa, is an offering of safeguarding, monitoring and seeking accountability for the children of South Africa who have been or may be impacted by abuse in SPORT.

Our work on the Bob Hewitt (Former Professional tennis player and a Grand Slam title holder) historical case of sexual abuse, the Parktown boys' sexual abuse and rape case by water polo coach (Collan Rex), and the ongoing Bryanston High School sexual abuse case by netball coach (Aleshan Moodley), have shown the challenges encountered by victims, prompting the establishment of this initiative to commit to making sport safe for children.

Voices in South African sport have come out in support of this project. Our panel includes Simphiwe Dludlu (Soccer), Olivia Jasriel (Survivor of abuse in Sport) , Miranda Jordan (WMACA - Founder), Luke Lamprecht (WMACA - Advocacy) and Babalwa Latsha (Rugby)

Attending will be Corne Krige (Former Springbok Captain Rugby), Kalusha Bwalya(Former Zambian International footballer), Kgothatso Montjane (Tennis), Gert Strydom(Professional Boxing coach), Tebogo Moloi (Soccer), Cara Frew (Equestrian), Sipho Ngwenya (Boxing), Barend van Graan (Former CEO Blue Bulls), Neils Momberg (Cricket) Lwandile Simelane (SASCOC's Gender Commision Chairperson and Ria Ledwaba (Vice President of SAFA)

Further endorsements include video support from Tendai "Beast" Mtawarira (South African Rugby), Benni Mccarthy (South African Footballer), Penny Heyns (Holder of Olympic 100m & 200m breaststroke title).

Interviews with guest attendees will be accommodated following the launch.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Women and Men Against Child Abuse (WMACA).
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