Spurs star Luka Modric shows red card to HIV stigma
Tottenham Hotspur’s star Luka Modric met a South African child with HIV to issue a red card to people who stigmatise the disease.
Hampstead based charity One To One Children’s Fund arranged for 15-year-old Siphosethu Warrington to visit north London to raise awareness of World Aids Day last Thursday (December 1).
The South African teenager also went for a kick about with pupils at UCS School in Frognal, Hampstead.
Speaking of his illness, he said: “I live comfortably with it because I have accepted it. I have my medicines and I’m not afraid of having HIV.
“My players in my football team all know what my status is. When I told them for the first time, most of them were accepting but some laughed at first.
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“I told them not to laugh because you don’t know what the future holds.”
One To One Children’s Fund is based in Hampstead High Street and is organising a trek to The Wild Coast in South Africa in July.
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For more information visit www.onetoonechildrensfund.org