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Blog: Esher Summer Rugby Festival

18 June 2013

I have been involved with 2 amazing charity events in the last week! I am going to start by blogging about Sundays Esher Summer Rugby Festival as I am waiting on more images from London Rocks before I blog. 

Sunday was a fantastic day! Even though we had to brave the rain (only for about an hour) the sun was shining by the end of the day and everyone was in good spirits! There were fantastic performances from The Toniks,  Frankie Young, Vinyl Staircase,  Lucy Pereira, Beautiful Noise, Damien Edwards, Unsung Lilly, Damon, Harun, Steve Rodgers, Emilee, 21st Century Riot and Blind Alley. What a lineup! 

The festival was in aid of Skrum, a great charity that works to increase the awareness of AIDS in Africa through Sport. 

Here is some info on the charity: SKRUM was founded in 2007 by an amazing couple called Michael and Linda Collinson, who live in Swaziland in Southern Africa. Swaziland has the highest-known rate of HIV / AIDS in the world at 42% of the population. As a result 40% of the children there are orphans or vulnerable (OVCs) and the life expectancy is just 32. SKRUM goes into the schools and engages the kids by introducing them to rugby and while the SKRUM coaches have their interest and attention, they also impart life-changing education and advice in the areas of HIV / Aids and general health awareness. They also do classroom sessions just on the health issues. The feeling is that if we can make a difference in Swaziland, surely there’s hope in every country.

Should you want any more information, or even to get more involved in some way, please feel free to get in touch either skrum@realnet.co.sz.

A big thanks to Volunteer Vacations  for organising the event along with Skrum. 

Here are some photos from the event thanks to Pamela Dawn Photography  .

Alex Louise