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Rossi visits Aids-babies at Morning Star Children´s centre

Rossi visits Aids-babies at Morning Star Children´s centre

Rossi visits Aids-babies at Morning Star Children´s centre

MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi today took time out of his preparation for the Africa´s Grand Prix to visit Aids-babies at the Morning Star Children´s centre in Welkom. Morning Star is a day care facility for babies and young children who are infected with HIV/AIDS. It is situated in Welkom, in premises made available by the Free State department of health.

`The children are very small, too small in fact,´ said Rossi. `It is a very strange sensation. I´m sure I haven´t been a big help for them but hopefully I have been a small help. I will be asking my fellow riders and members of the MotoGP paddock to join me in making a financial contribution to the centre.´$$$

The plight of the children affected by AIDS in South Africa is immense. Around 5,000 people die of the disease each day. The centre, which provides a day care facility for small children and offers them optimum care, supervision and mental stimulation, opened its doors for the first time on 24 January 2000 and admitted its first 8 children. Two years later they have 50 children on their register, 11 of which are attending regular primary schools when they are healthy enough to do so. Sadly, 21 of the Morning Star children have died over the past months and several of their mothers have passed away as well.

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MotoGP, 2002, Africa's Grand Prix, Valentino Rossi

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