Cricket will ig­nite HIV fight

Friday - - Society Living Leisure - SU­JATA K, VIA EMAIL RENUKA SRI­VAS­TAVA, VIA EMAIL POOJA VINOD, STU­DENT, DUBAI ARUSHI MADAN, STU­DENT, SHAR­JAH

This week’s body is­sue had some won­der­ful ar­ti­cles that kept me en­grossed for the whole weekend. One of my favourites was ‘Our big fat body im­age anx­i­ety’ (Oc­to­ber 4) which proved that par­ents should ac­cept some of the blame if their kids are ob­ses­sive about their ap­pear­ance.

Par­ents should bring up whole­some chil­dren who spend more time ex­plor­ing their tal­ents than their ap­pear­ance. But I think for that to hap­pen, par­ents need to stop ob­sess­ing about their own ap­pear­ance. con­stantly bat­tling weight is­sues. Now I un­der­stand that if I want to be fit, I need to be happy with my­self. I would like to ex­press my sup­port for Cricket with­out Bound­aries (‘Bat­ting for Rwanda’s fu­ture’, Oc­to­ber 4), the UK char­ity that has given im­pe­tus to the cause of al­le­vi­at­ing HIV/Aids in re­de­vel­op­ing Rwanda. Truly, the in­no­va­tive method of spread­ing aware­ness through cricket has given a new di­men­sion to the global strug­gle against HIV/Aids. Cricket With­out Bound­aries has suc­ceeded in ac­tively en­gag­ing the chil­dren of Africa, in their roles as torch­bear­ers for a safer and healthier tomorrow.

Another no­table as­pect of this ef­fort is its ob­jec­tive to dis­solve mo­men­tous so­cial bar­ri­ers like gen­der di­vi­sions. With­out doubt, this cam­paign has given new life to the prospects of a bet­ter fu­ture, not just to Africa, but to the world at large.

I sin­cerely hope the or­gan­i­sa­tion con­tin­ues to tran­scend bound­aries through its noble cause and in­spires many more such ini­tia­tives. could do some­thing for them. It was heart-break­ing to read about how Laxmi watches her friends be­come wives and moth­ers, a phase of life that she will never ex­pe­ri­ence.

I was fur­ther pained to read that she is bul­lied by some peo­ple. How could some­one not be sym­pa­thetic to­wards her and be so rude and make fun of her?

Thanks Fri­day for bring­ing us yet another real-life tragic story.

Af­ter read­ing this, all I can say is that I am grate­ful for all the bless­ings we have.

May God give Laxmi strength and courage to bear this and may she be­come very suc­cess­ful in what­ever she does in her life.

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