Former YG All Stars Terence Wallen and Lalona Watts were out in force recently as they helped new charity Rising Futures host its inaugural Friday Night football event.
Rising Futures is a charity founded and co-ordinated by college students from Zimbabwe whose goal is to raise awareness about HIV/Aids and the devastating impact it has on the children of Zimbabwe.
Rising Futres Ladies, Bra-zillia with Terence Whallen
Terence, who has worked closely with many organisations tackling HIV/Aids and raising sexual health awareness, recently founded his own charity Direct Action 4 Sexual Health (D4SH). "I was approached by members of Rising Futures and was so impressed by the young ladies and how proactive they were that really I had no choice but to support them and endorse the cause. Why would you not want to get involved? D4SH are happy to have the partnership and target HIV and Aids in the UK and Zimbabwe."
Martyn Ladkin, Assistant Manager at Power League Aston where the event was held continued, "Power League is more than just a venue it has a duty to support the local community so we were happy to host this event."
Lalona guided her female football team Bra-zillia to a 12-5 win against Rising Futures Ladies ."Since being a YG All Star I've been coaching and managing an under 12s girls team, teaching dance and I'm aiming to set up my own business. It's been great to support Rising Futures. The girls had never played football before so it was different from our usual matches but it's been good fun."
Co-founder of Rising Futures Kudzai Rwambiwa continued, "We're delighted that we've raised £100 which for our first charity event was a good start. Our next event 'I am Rising Futures' is on 15 May 2010 and we're aiming to raise £5,000 with all day entertainment including a fashion show and an after party at Smethick Cricket Club. We've had a great night and would like to thank D4SH, BBC Your Game and Urban Living for all their support."
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