Mark Cavendish visits Right to Play projects in Tanzania
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Monday, October 15, 2012

Mark Cavendish visits Right to Play projects in Tanzania

by Ben Atkins at 9:17 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling
Former World champion sees charity’s work for himself in east Africa

mark cavendishAs speculation continues over which team he will be riding for in 2013, 2011 World champion Mark Cavendish (Team Sky) has visited some Right to Play projects in the east African country of Tanzania. The Manxman became involved with Right to Play during his time at HTC-Highroad, where it was the team’s official charity, but has remained an athlete ambassador ever since.

Right to Play is a global charity “that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity.”

At the Msimamo Youth Centre Cavendish met 20-year-old Halema, whose life has been completely turned around by Right to Play. Six years ago her parents died of AIDS and she had to live with her aunt, who - in demanding payment - forced her into a life of prostitution.

Since becoming involved with Right to Play, Halema has found the courage to turn her life around, has moved out of her aunt’s home, and has found friends that support her on the Right to Play programme.

mark cavendish“I'm blown away about what I've seen over the last few days,” said Cavendish. “To see these kids getting their lives on track, building confidence, learning about team work and self respect is amazing.

“We all take play, messing about with our mates, kicking a football and riding a bike and take it for granted,” he added. “These kids have not had any opportunities to have fun and develop until they got involved with Right To Play- what they do is so simple but so effective. I'm really proud to be part of this organisation.”

While in Tanzania, Cavendish was followed by a team from Sky Sport News, which is making a documentary about the work he does for Right to Play. The programme will be broadcast on October 22nd.


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