ART Support in action.
Warrington was born with HIV but did not start receiving vital treatment until the age of 8, when he met one of our amazing Community Health Workers in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Treatment saved his life, and allowed him to grow into an engaging and sporty boy.
At the age of 10, he was nicknamed “the child activist” and was giving talks to his peers in schools, churches and after football matches. He told other young people about the importance of getting tested, adhering to treatment and overcoming stigma and described in simple terms how they could lead a normal life, despite living with HIV.
Although Warrington’s advocacy has touched the lives of hundreds of children in Port Elizabeth, he might think his fundraising visit to Spurs Lodge, where he met Harry Redknapp, Ledley King and more of his footballing heroes, has been his biggest moment with One to One Children’s Fund! Sister Nonkosi recalls: “Seeing Warrington speak at the Foreign Office in front of many people, without fear, I was so proud of him, and he topped it all by cheekily fundraising for his soccer team!”
According to Warrington, “If it was not for One to One Children’s Fund, I would never have met Mama Nonkosi in 2006 and I would have been long dead, adding to all the small graves in the Port Elizabeth cemeteries. Who would have thought that today I would be a soccer player and captain of my team?”